probably the best 'experience' i've had in a jet was calibrating the harriers ADENs
basically, some big big chains attached, hover to 50m and fire. close to better was testing the hover-time - slightly longer chains, and hold a hover until the engine screams (about 70 seconds as of 2008). or maybe watching them drag-race down the runway. beautiful aeroplanes.
The world explodes in a straight line right in front of you, in the distant sky you hear the "huuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" of the A-10, like the biggest troll-face of CAS.
Seems almost mean to weigh it down with weapons like that.
Great thread and awesome photos, would it be possible to state what the aircraft the photos are of? I'm not much of a planes expert and love to wiki the interesting looking planes.
A400M came to a small civilian airport near my hometown today for some tests. Tomorrow and possibly for the rest of the week they will test the A400M's ability to land on grass. Today was press day, the green runway tests are off limits anyway, so a buddy of mine with a official journalist pass went there and took some photos.
He lets me know that the gallery will probably be gone in a week as he usually does not host a lot of stuff for longer, only his portfolio which is sports heavy.
Need one of these in my front yard to get rid of the squirrels.The recoil force of the GAU-8/A is 10,000 pounds-force (45 kN), which is slightly more than the output of one of the A-10's two TF34 engines (9,065 lbf / 40.3 kN each). While this recoil force is significant, in practice cannon fire only slows the aircraft a few miles per hour.