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2013-12-16 06:35:00 AM
Pay attention, science. This is how you get funding.
 
2013-12-16 07:08:25 AM
My BIL did that (load master) for twenty five years.
 
2013-12-16 09:00:35 AM
Meh.  Call me when they start dropping Abrams tanks.


defense-update.com
 
2013-12-16 09:00:39 AM
Meh.  You should see the ones of motor graders and bulldozers.
 
2013-12-16 09:01:14 AM
We used to rig these type of loads out of Okinawa. Everything usually went as planned until one time some idiot tied the wrong strength lines on a Duece and half and we watched in plummet to earth and explode into nothingness.

For some reason they didn't let us keep that video.
 
2013-12-16 09:37:20 AM

AltheaToldMe: Meh.  Call me when they start dropping Abrams tanks.


Saiga410: Meh.  You should see the ones of motor graders and bulldozers.



4 seconds, man... 4 seconds.


/Internet high-five.
 
2013-12-16 10:18:39 AM
Hummers, tanks, bulldozers. it's all impressive.

What's MORE impressive is that none of those trucks took anybody with them. That would be just a little freaky the first time watching those trucks go flying by,
 
2013-12-16 10:23:43 AM
I have a question for you military types. Are these vehicles dropped with a full load of fuel? If they are, couldn't a bad landing result in a fireball? If not, how do you fuel them when the troops get down there to retrieve them?

This is a serious question, I never served and have always wondered how these types of things work logistically.

Cool video but a situation like that would scare me to death.
 
2013-12-16 10:30:12 AM
Long ago and far away I was training to be an H-46 helicopter crew chief. The first time I was going out to do paradrops I was pretty excited because hey, I saw all of those WWII movies where the light changes color and the boys go jump...jump...jump.

Well, we had a bunch of SEALs on board and it didn't quite go that way.

They set up a cable to attach static lines to and rolled a big box up inside the helo on the integrated rollers (the H-46 has rollers built into the deck so you can load and unload palletized equipment easily). The big box, I am told, contains an inflatable boat and an outboard motor. So out we go over the ocean and one guy gets up on the box and sits cross-legged on it and the rest of the group (about six or seven guys if I remember right) gather around the box. I lower the ramp and these guys all start running in place and the one guy yells something and they all head for the back of the aircraft in a big knot. It reminded me of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon of a squad of Roman soldiers running in "formation" .

Anyway, out the back they go and my job is to raise the ramp back up, pull in the static lines and count canopies. What they did was have their static lines all made to different lengths so even though they went out in a bunch their chutes actually opened at different times which apparently gave them enough separation from each other.

I found out later that the guy riding the box was supposed to make sure its chute opened. If it didn't he was supposed to do it manually and then track away and pull his reserve because this all went down at only five hundred feet of altitude.

csb
 
2013-12-16 10:35:04 AM

Monkey2: I have a question for you military types. Are these vehicles dropped with a full load of fuel? If they are, couldn't a bad landing result in a fireball? If not, how do you fuel them when the troops get down there to retrieve them?

This is a serious question, I never served and have always wondered how these types of things work logistically.

Cool video but a situation like that would scare me to death.


Yeah, they would go out with fuel. Otherwise it'd be nearly impossible to link up and refuel in a reasonable time.

They all run on JP-8 (basically jet fuel, which is really crappy diesel), so it's pretty hard to get them to ignite. Even if the tank does split open, without anything really hot, you'd be unlikely to get a fire.
 
db2
2013-12-16 11:03:39 AM
Wait a minute. Do you mean to tell me there are some people who had the impression that this would not be the case?
 
2013-12-16 11:32:12 AM
We're going in on the first wave! Means more bugs for us to kill!
 
2013-12-16 11:35:57 AM
I liked the runaway truck. Somebody forgot to set the parking brake.
 
2013-12-16 11:42:16 AM
Ow my balls
 
2013-12-16 11:45:23 AM

Monkey2: I have a question for you military types. Are these vehicles dropped with a full load of fuel? If they are, couldn't a bad landing result in a fireball? If not, how do you fuel them when the troops get down there to retrieve them?

This is a serious question, I never served and have always wondered how these types of things work logistically.

Cool video but a situation like that would scare me to death.


Unlike movies and cartoons vehicles don't just burst into flames after a crash or impact. It's really unlikely they'd burst into flames even if the parachutes didn't open. Which at that point whatever was dropped is a pile of parts so being on fire isn't really making it any less useful as a piece of equipment.
 
2013-12-16 12:47:58 PM

AbiNormal: I liked the runaway truck. Somebody forgot to set the parking brake.


That was my fave as well.
 
2013-12-16 01:26:42 PM

Ed Grubermann: AbiNormal: I liked the runaway truck. Somebody forgot to set the parking brake.

That was my fave as well.


Mine also... although I wonder if they intentionally left the truck in neutral, so a stressful situation wouldn't wreck the transmission.
 
2013-12-16 01:49:11 PM
OregonVet: My BIL did that (load master) for twenty five years.

So ... he's dropped a lot of loads?

Big, heavy loads.

Brown loads, green loads.
 
2013-12-16 01:57:53 PM
As god is my witness, I thought trucks could fly.
 
2013-12-16 02:01:57 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: Long ago and far away I was training to be an H-46 helicopter crew chief. The first time I was going out to do paradrops I was pretty excited because hey, I saw all of those WWII movies where the light changes color and the boys go jump...jump...jump.

Well, we had a bunch of SEALs on board and it didn't quite go that way.

They set up a cable to attach static lines to and rolled a big box up inside the helo on the integrated rollers (the H-46 has rollers built into the deck so you can load and unload palletized equipment easily). The big box, I am told, contains an inflatable boat and an outboard motor. So out we go over the ocean and one guy gets up on the box and sits cross-legged on it and the rest of the group (about six or seven guys if I remember right) gather around the box. I lower the ramp and these guys all start running in place and the one guy yells something and they all head for the back of the aircraft in a big knot. It reminded me of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon of a squad of Roman soldiers running in "formation" .

Anyway, out the back they go and my job is to raise the ramp back up, pull in the static lines and count canopies. What they did was have their static lines all made to different lengths so even though they went out in a bunch their chutes actually opened at different times which apparently gave them enough separation from each other.

I found out later that the guy riding the box was supposed to make sure its chute opened. If it didn't he was supposed to do it manually and then track away and pull his reserve because this all went down at only five hundred feet of altitude.

csb


I expected this story to involve them inflating the boat at the last minute and riding it down the ramp, howling like Vikings.
 
2013-12-16 02:54:44 PM

No Such Agency: I expected this story to involve them inflating the boat at the last minute and riding it down the ramp, howling like Vikings.


That would be epic. Maybe have just one chute for the boat and they're all in it. Then again, if that once chute fails....
 
2013-12-16 02:59:25 PM

MadMattressMack: No Such Agency: I expected this story to involve them inflating the boat at the last minute and riding it down the ramp, howling like Vikings.

That would be epic. Maybe have just one chute for the boat and they're all in it. Then again, if that once chute fails....


There is a video somewhere on the net of a SEAL team driving a Zodiac right up inside a CH-47* but an H-46 is too small for that.

*The CH-47 is the bigger, uglier sister to the H-46. The -46 is also more nimble and just prettier in every respect. That's why the -47 Chinook is called the shiathook.
 
2013-12-16 03:02:21 PM
It was easier to find than I thought.
 
2013-12-16 03:41:08 PM
Old_Chief_Scott:
There is a video somewhere on the net of a SEAL team driving a Zodiac right up inside a CH-47* but an H-46 is too small for that.

Crazy SEALS aside, I pucker up a bit every time I see a helicopter do the "dunk", or whatever it's called.  It just seems so perilous.
 
2013-12-16 04:05:55 PM
Pfff, amateurs

www.feoamante.com
 
2013-12-16 04:15:54 PM

hotmoonsauce: We used to rig these type of loads out of Okinawa. Everything usually went as planned until one time some idiot tied the wrong strength lines on a Duece and half and we watched in plummet to earth and explode into nothingness.

For some reason they didn't let us keep that video.


My uncle, so I'm told was a chief load master out of Okinawa back in the 70's and early 80's.
 
2013-12-16 04:36:47 PM
NBSV:

Unlike movies and cartoons vehicles don't just burst into flames after a crash or impact.

Paul Walker would like a word with you...
 
2013-12-16 04:40:59 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: MadMattressMack: No Such Agency: I expected this story to involve them inflating the boat at the last minute and riding it down the ramp, howling like Vikings.

That would be epic. Maybe have just one chute for the boat and they're all in it. Then again, if that once chute fails....

There is a video somewhere on the net of a SEAL team driving a Zodiac right up inside a CH-47* but an H-46 is too small for that.

*The CH-47 is the bigger, uglier sister to the H-46. The -46 is also more nimble and just prettier in every respect. That's why the -47 Chinook is called the shiathook.


Yeah, I've seen that vid. I'm amazed he got it back up after he put the entire ramp under water and began flooding it. I guess he wanted to join the Navy and get into submarines.

\my brother in law saw a shiathook drop a humvee at Ft. Carson in front of all the brass
 
2013-12-16 04:47:33 PM

No Such Agency: Old_Chief_Scott:
There is a video somewhere on the net of a SEAL team driving a Zodiac right up inside a CH-47* but an H-46 is too small for that.

Crazy SEALS aside, I pucker up a bit every time I see a helicopter do the "dunk", or whatever it's called.  It just seems so perilous.


For anyone interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ah8s2MiPBo">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=5ah8s2MiPBo
 
2013-12-16 06:35:06 PM

MadMattressMack: No Such Agency: Old_Chief_Scott:
There is a video somewhere on the net of a SEAL team driving a Zodiac right up inside a CH-47* but an H-46 is too small for that.

Crazy SEALS aside, I pucker up a bit every time I see a helicopter do the "dunk", or whatever it's called.  It just seems so perilous.

For anyone interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ah8s2MiPBo">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=5ah8s2MiPBo


It has been pointed out that this is a repeat youtube link of a helicopter doing a "dunk" from one hour ago, but we've decided to let it run again for those of you who didn't see it the first time.
 
2013-12-16 07:29:16 PM
Seeing a C-130 doing a proper LAPES drop is a thing of beauty. I got to see a lot of them in the 80s while in the AF.
 
2013-12-16 10:37:02 PM
Seeing a C-130 fail a LAPES drop is scary as shiat though.
http://youtu.be/b4L50eMI8gY

As urban legends go, this was a fun one...
It quickly circulated around the Division that some moron (who was restricted to barracks for falling asleep on fire guard duty and letting a tent full of night vision goggles burn up) had taken his HMMWV out of the motor pool and was watching the air show from the end of the drop zone...

I was in the viewing area for this.
 
2013-12-16 11:46:37 PM

Uncle Pooky: NBSV:

Unlike movies and cartoons vehicles don't just burst into flames after a crash or impact.

Paul Walker would like a word with you...


His car didn't exactly burst into flames.  All car fires build that quickly, however nothing like how the movies show it.
 
2013-12-17 01:03:15 AM
pics.imcdb.org
 
2013-12-17 01:17:46 AM

OregonVet: My BIL did that (load master) for twenty five years.


Your brother-in-law is Peter North?
 
2013-12-17 07:33:42 AM

MarkEC: Seeing a C-130 doing a proper LAPES drop is a thing of beauty. I got to see a lot of them in the 80s while in the AF.


There's a video out there somewhere of a C-130 that mistimed the drop and smashed into the ground during an airshow at Fort Bragg several years ago. IIRC the plane cartwheeled into the crowd and killed some spectators as well as most of the crew.
 
2013-12-17 05:54:37 PM
One of the reasons the Russians are considered badasses is that in the 70s, due to crews and BDMs landing far apart during airdrops,  they developed a procedure to airdrop BDMs WITH THE CREW INSIDE!!!   and it worked!
 
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