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Posted: 26 June 2009 03:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Captain Al - 25 June 2009 09:51 PM
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They need to have a system like aircraft carriers have that hold back the plane until the engines are at full speed then release them.

You mean a catapult.

Those are also steam-assisted launch. Engines up to speed, then counter a good chunk of that pesky inertia by flinging yon plane forward.

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Posted: 26 June 2009 02:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Robin Bobcat - 26 June 2009 07:23 AM

Those are also steam-assisted launch. Engines up to speed, then counter a good chunk of that pesky inertia by flinging yon plane forward.

Plus you can tap the catapults for hot water, so you can make hot tea whenever you need it.

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Posted: 26 June 2009 04:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I guess they could also use arrestor cables to slow the planes real quick on landing.

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Posted: 26 June 2009 04:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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gray - 26 June 2009 08:41 PM

I guess they could also use arrestor cables to slow the planes real quick on landing.

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Posted: 26 June 2009 05:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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I’ve always been partial to JATO units, myself. (That way you can sneak a couple out and use them to launch a chevy or somesuch.) cheese

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Posted: 26 June 2009 08:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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DavePrime - 26 June 2009 09:54 PM

I’ve always been partial to JATO units, myself. (That way you can sneak a couple out and use them to launch a chevy or somesuch.) cheese

RATO is better.  It’s cheaper for one-time use, and you can jettison the superfluous weight without worrying about all the expensive machinery you’re dropping.

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