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  1. For everyone- Center the steering T precisely, before launch.
  2. Not quite sure that I understand what you are trying to convey in that message, but there is a tradeoff on carrier landings at the moment, heavily dependent on the ship side of the equation to make it less frustrating. The vast majority of passes that I see via video examples would result in technique waveoffs for exceeding the criteria for a safe pass- Lineup, speed, GS deviations, groove length, etc. You'd be sent home and counseled for performance and retrained before you got the chance to break a hook. Besides the structural considerations, the F14 right now should hook skip more for fast approaches, or even relaxing the attitude at touchdown. I haven't fooled with the hornet lately to sample its tolerances. All understandable, no one is vetted in DCS before being allowed to attempt to land on the boat, so it has to be reasonably dumbed down. It's pretty remarkable that sim pilots do as well as they do, but the ship is still very forgiving of landing with sloppy parameters.
  3. You are correct in that none of this should be a problem. It’s a bit ironic when someone flys a crappy pass, then complains that the aircraft or arresting gear system didn’t break. There is a marketing angle for all of the carrier compatible modules. If the various devs make it too hard, they’ll get endless social media whinging and lost sales. That’s why the SC should be the limiting factor in terms of simulating two-blocking the arresting gear and broken cables, or simply having the LSO wave off aircraft that are fast. It’s a moot point if you fly onspeed below carrier landing weight with proper wind speed/closure.
  4. No slack on carrier landings- Physics don’t care. It’s difficult to tell from the telemetry readout, I don’t see absolute closure rate or if VSI is reflective of actual or the laggy instrument, but generally speaking, the overall landing dynamics on all of the aircraft are too forgiving. A big portion of the weakness in the system comes from the arresting gear itself, and I am not familiar with how super carrier models that.
  5. If I’m reading the VSI data correctly, both traps were faster than onspeed by a large margin, one impacting around 850 fpm and the other at 1100? Is the VSI readout a repeater of the aircraft VSI including instrument lag? Also seemed to have shoved the nose down right at touchdown, which will cause a skip. Pretty ugly pass overall, the hook is the least of your problems.
  6. I haven’t explored weapons sep dynamics in DCS, and probably won’t, but I doubt that they are realistic in terms of aerodynamic interaction. I’ve never read anything here that references the G loading at release. I have seen video where players were pickling at zero G and holding it for a few seconds. Yikes! We’re any of those incidents that you described at China Lake (lovely place ) performed at less than one G? I’m not sure many here are aware of the trajectory characteristics of Napalm canisters either.
  7. There was a spore in SEA that caused the potting compound to soften in the Phantom (and other aircraft). There were something like 2000 canon plugs in the F4, potentially experiencing intermittent or chronic short circuits or contact failures.
  8. It looked like a giant, disgusting toe to me. Last time I saw Joe was in Fallon around 1990-91 timeframe. He was a bit sheepish about the whole episode. He was just happy to be flying again. I think he was flying F5's for some contractor or adversary unit, I really don't recall. Everyone called him "Toeser", one look at that hand was all it took to end any debate on his new callsign.
  9. Joe Satrapa flew F8’s in SEA and his area of “expertise” was gunnery phase in VF101. He was also a huge gun nut, which famously cost him his right thumb. When he started the whole “Last of the Gunfighters” routine at the O Club, his peers would loudly point out that the Mig 17 carried no missiles, and had far more guns kills than any US Fighter, making the little Fresco the real “Last of the Gunfighters”.
  10. You can “neither confirm nor deny”, right?
  11. What nukes? Never heard of 'em...
  12. Absolutely. We used it constantly for a host of tasks. It saved fuel and time, helped in intelligence gathering, in addition to the basic tactical employment. The one aspect that could have been better is that the camera resolved better than the screens, so we were leaving something on the table. On video playback, the monitors and recordings had better specs than the aircraft, so in the debrief, you'd be looking clearly at a particular aircraft type, while listening to the crew in flight discussing what it might be. No 4K monitors onboard, back in the day. We understood that, and would often "capture" an object of interest without being able to tell what it was for viewing later by the Intelligence Wizards on a better viewing setup.
  13. A hilarious, great story teller from VF14 who was in my NFWS class diverted into Oman with his wings stuck at 68. He came into the break, hit the auto switch and nothing… Tanked him up, and sent him to the beach. He lands at 185 knots, no problem, taxi’s in, shuts down, opens the canopy and say, “Ya’ll are Mercenaries, ain’t cha?” While he was there, the story he got was that the Jaguar’s RadAlt was calibrated perfectly for 360 KIAS. Fly 360, and it showed the exact distance from the lowest point on the aircraft to the deck. They had a bombing sortie set up, so as the RO was trundling out to the range in a Toyota pickup (evidently not!), his impatient buddy in the air decides to “thump” him for snitz and giggles….except he’s saving a little gas by flying at 300 KIAS. His pass was made at a higher alpha, cocked up a bit, and BAM! The ventrals hit the car. The RO was trapped for a bit, until the pilot circled back, saw what happened, and radioed for a rescue mission armed with a crow bar to open the sardine tin enough to let him out. Bet that cost him a lot of beer.
  14. Fly the ball. Be the ball… What time frame was that with the AIM-9J/P? Similarly we were shooting up the inventory of G/H’s, but in the early 1980’s, always deployed with the 9L and later in the decade, 9M.
  15. Ha! That’s probably it! Are you familiar with the story, embellished as it may or may not be?
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