LAPES

30th Apr 2022, 10:21 AM

LAPES
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BUMBLEBEE on 30th Apr 2022, 10:21 AM

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I don't know if a C5 can even do this, my guess is IRL it can't. But anyway, let's dispose of an annoying plot hole through the ameliorated disbelief of low altitude parachute extraction.



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lirvilas on 30th Apr 2022, 10:28 AM

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you know they want to--taxiing is for suckers

BUMBLEBEE on 30th Apr 2022, 11:18 AM

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Of course I dropped the kids off at school. How did I get back so early you ask? Well…

StLOrca on 30th Apr 2022, 11:25 AM

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I would be surprised if someone hadn’t tried this already.

BUMBLEBEE on 30th Apr 2022, 3:38 PM

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I know C130 does it… maybe this was more of an eighties thing, maybe they just have better alternatives now

Oldarmourer on 30th Apr 2022, 3:28 PM

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If it has rear doors and a ramp it should be able to but I don't know what the ground effect would be like getting something that big that close to the ground.

BUMBLEBEE on 30th Apr 2022, 3:38 PM

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From what I’ve seen of the C5, the ramp comes down but the top goes up too. Not sure if you can just drop the ramp without lifting the tails section at the same time. That’s a big damn plane too!

Oldarmourer on 30th Apr 2022, 3:52 PM

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The C-17 is cleared to do LAPES, although the USAF currently doesn't, but I'm not sure about the C5.
I can't find anything saying it can but I'm not finding anything definitively saying it can't either.
I'm seeing vague mentions that the rear ramp isn't designed to take that much weight in flight, only on the ground where the jackpads support it when it opens.
Makes sense I suppose for something that big, but I never worked on that A/C so can't say for sure.
Maintaining a steady altitude just a couple of feet off the ground in something that big would be pretty dicey at the best of times, let alone in winds over a rough surface, one little bump and the intakes are sucking dirt, and they're higher off the ground than the margin of error....

Oldarmourer on 30th Apr 2022, 4:03 PM

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What they really need is....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anlqtLw4xzU

Martin on 4th May 2022, 1:15 AM

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LAPES droppable equipment can be stuffed to more maneuverable C-17 or C-130, why risk megaexpensive C-5 on such mission. Moreover, JP8 resupply would be local to theatre. C-5 is huge overkill for simple tactical resupply.
That being said, nicely drawn C-5 mister. Although I think the crew would be less than happy on such sharp climb, lol.

BUMBLEBEE on 8th May 2022, 7:41 AM

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Yeah - the climb is ridiculous and unnecessary but for drama! I can picture the crew in a tangled pile in the back of the aircraft...

BUMBLEBEE on 1st May 2022, 7:17 PM

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That takes me back!

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