Question for you Navy types, RE: Launching carrier strikes

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Question for you Navy types, RE: Launching carrier strikes

Postby mekender » Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:28 pm

So the US Navy has a video of F-18's launching off the USS Harry S. Truman on their facebook page to go hit ISIS targets in Syria... What I am curious about is why they would be launching with only one of their wing tip rails having a missile on them? From what I can tell every launch they have either the left or right wing with a missile but the other one is empty... Any idea why that would be?

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Re: Question for you Navy types, RE: Launching carrier strikes

Postby Steamforger » Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:23 am

My Naval Aviation experience is with P-3C's, but I'd guess it's a combination of limited air-to-air threat expectation and weight savings for other ordnance.

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Re: Question for you Navy types, RE: Launching carrier strikes

Postby Netpackrat » Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:41 am

I expect one missile per airplane is more than enough to start WWIII with Russia if things go sideways over there.
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Re: Question for you Navy types, RE: Launching carrier strikes

Postby Rich » Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:45 am

Echo's of Vietnam. Missile (bomb) shortage? We ain't got no missile (bomb) shortage.
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Re: Question for you Navy types, RE: Launching carrier strikes

Postby blackeagle603 » Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:50 am

Steamforger wrote:My Naval Aviation experience is with P-3C's, but I'd guess it's a combination of limited air-to-air threat expectation and weight savings for other ordnance.


yeah mostly that. Of course, given current "hollow state" of affairs it could be some of those are failing release control checks. ;)
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