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Is Zero Length Launch even considered now ?

Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:40 am

Was watching a Documentary on the F-104 and they showed a pic of it being Launched buy a rocket. It was first tested with F-84's, first without pilots then with.

Is this even considered during a design phase anymore for military jets?

C.

Link to the section in the documentary. Some great footage.
https://youtu.be/4xWF3xyU9MU?t=37m13s
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Re: Is Zero Length Launch even considered now ?

Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:56 am

I haven't seen anything about that since the 60s. I've seen some neat footage, including one where they shot a fighter (I forget what type, maybe an F-84) out of an open hangar door.
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Re: Is Zero Length Launch even considered now ?

Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:00 am

Not really 'zero length' nor fighters, but several C-130s have been fitted with rockets for assisted takeoffs for special operations to include the Blue Angeles C-130 who used them in airshows up until 2009.

And of course all Navy fighters/attack aircraft can use catapult launches of their ships....no need for rocket assist. But 'zero length' ?? Just some drones and shipboard cruise missiles.
 
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Re: Is Zero Length Launch even considered now ?

Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:37 am

Classa64 wrote:
Is this even considered during a design phase anymore for military jets?


No, and I'm not sure it was even considered in the design phase then. It's got to be really brutal on the air frame.

As the Cold War evolved, both sides were willing to try a lot of really ambitious ideas, just to see if they were workable. Surprisingly often, they really were, but not necessarily ideal.

Ultimately S/VTOL aircraft were developed, and combined with aerial refueling and guided SAM's, gave western strategists multiple options to counter the opposing air threat if front line airfields were knocked out of service.

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