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Old 12-31-2015, 02:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody know what the large flat thing attached to the center weapons pylon on the Super Bug wing is for..?? (see pic) I can't seem to find much info about it, and it's mostly seen on diecast models, I don't recall ever seeing it in pics of a real aircraft, it's got to have some purpose but I just can't figure out what it is...??
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Old 12-31-2015, 02:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like a crude interpretation of a twin ejector/carrier rack. Compare to the BRU-55 or BRU-69A.
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This perhaps?
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Thanks guys, yeah that's probably it, AKA "twin smart bomb rack".
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That's exactly what it is.
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That's exactly what it is.
Shame they didn't put some ordinance on them
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Shame they didn't put some ordinance on them
I was kind of thinking the same thing, the good news is Hasegawa makes some nice 1/72 scale Modern US Aircraft Ordnance kits that aren't too expensive and super easy to assemble and paint up, it would be a good option for anyone who wanted to add the smart bombs to the racks.
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When do the "Blue Angels" get them?
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When do the "Blue Angels" get them?
I'm not sure if I understand the question correctly, but if you mean when do they get the Super Hornet that's a good question, they currently fly the Legacy Bug, and I'm not sure when they are planning a change. If you're referring to bomb racks the answer is never, they fly these things completely "clean" and as free of aerodynamic drag producing encumbrances as possible.
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Is that even in the works? Why would they switch? Makes no sense to do that
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Is that even in the works? Why would they switch? Makes no sense to do that
The Legacy Hornets are getting old and worn out.

And yes, the Blue Angels will soon switch to the Super Hornet. See here : https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ls-rol-419812/
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The Legacy Hornets are getting old and worn out.

And yes, the Blue Angels will soon switch to the Super Hornet. See here : https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ls-rol-419812/
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The Legacy Hornets are getting old and worn out.

And yes, the Blue Angels will soon switch to the Super Hornet. See here : https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ls-rol-419812/
That's most likely the primary motivator, and it makes sense when you think about it. These airshow birds do a lot of high G Load maneuvering which puts quite a bit of stress on the airframe, and there's a limit to what can be done to mitigate metal fatigue, eventually they'll have to be retired for safety reasons.
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