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- Apr 16, 2008
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TomS said:It is. I can't find a folded pic of the King Stallion anywhere. I mean, they must have folded the beast by this point in testing.
I did find one rendering.
Video:CH-53K Heads to ILA Berlin | Time-Lapse
In collaboration with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Sikorsky is bringing the CH-53K helicopter to ILA Berlin Air Show. This historic milestone marks the King Stallion’s international debut, and the very first time this heavy lifter will display its capability to the German public.
See how we got the King Stallion to the show in this video!
AeroFranz said:Does anyone know whether the German CH-53s had retained the power folding features? I mean, there's a lot of weight that goes into the actuators. I guess it's useful when you're trying to get inside a cargo plane, but that could probably be achieved manually given how infrequent that happens...
Investigators found that the initial fire was caused by disintegration of a power relay in the left engine.
“Despite the fact that this malfunction had been identified by the manufacturer, the information was never passed along to the air force,” the IAF said in a statement. “The investigation team also found that the air force’s maintenance procedures did not find the malfunction in the relay.”
But for now, the core point is simple – the K needs to come into the USMC-Navy team as soon as possible to enable the shift in concepts of operations required to deal with the new strategic environment.
And if the CH-53K became part of the joint team, the question of cost is very manageable.
By producing more aircraft, the cost curve comes down. And shaping a more effective cost curve is a significant challenge which the program is addressing.
Lt. Col. Fred “NOVAC” Neubert, department head and government lead test pilot for the CH-53K program, agreed with Foxton’s assessment. “There may be other aircraft out there with similar performance capabilities, but I have not flown a helicopter with the outstanding handling qualities that the 53K provides,” Neubert said.
The aircraft performed so well, in fact, that the test team succeeded in testing nearly all of the aircraft’s launch and recovery envelope expansion — the team’s primary test objective — within the first seven days of the trip, leaving the second week to thoroughly pursue the other objectives. As a result, the test team was able to devote more time to identifying refinements and minor improvements to suggest to the manufacturer than it otherwise would have had. Foxton recalled how, during one post-flight debriefing, one of the team’s veteran flight engineers pointed out, “Do you realize we just spent 15 minutes talking about whether we could improve the windshield wipers?”
“We were able to focus on those little things because the big things took care of themselves,” Foxton said.
My sources at the Bundeswehr say, that the costs of this competition were nearly four times more as than for other NATO countries. I haven't got the figures, but a lot of military aviation expertes are comparing it to the Dutch Chinook procurement.German defense spending has one wondering if Germans prefer (P)russia to D-land. Do Germans hate NATO more than they care for their chilldren?..some deal could have been worked out.
German defense spending has one wondering ....some deal could have been worked out.The current STH project/competition of the Bundeswehr is cancelled to expensive
Das Verteidigungsministerium hat heute mitgeteilt, dass "das Vergabeverfahren im Projekt 'Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH)' aufgehoben wurde".www.flugrevue.de
He argued the Defence Ministry had been naive in its approach to the much-needed acquisition. “A new competition alone won’t solve that problem,” he said.Similar story:
While we’re here. Can someone point me to details on angling the rear rotar down to increase lift.
I’ve only seen a casual mention, not a detailed explanation suitable for a tired old retired cop.
Thanks in advance!
Does anyone know whether the German CH-53s had retained the power folding features? I mean, there's a lot of weight that goes into the actuators. I guess it's useful when you're trying to get inside a cargo plane, but that could probably be achieved manually given how infrequent that happens...
Instead of the old system of barely scrapping together enough dollars/deutschmarks/euros to purchase a fleet of flying machines, now gov't bean-counters want estimates of the entire cost of a fleet ... over a 40-year period!
I thought that international operators of the F/A-18 went with the navalized variant because the "up front" cost was a bit cheaper? I'd imagine the land-based variant would have saved money in the long run however.Too bad McDonnel-Douglas never perfected the promised CF-18L with simplified landing gear, non-folding wings, etc. A lighter and simpler airframe would have saved: Australia, Finland, Spain, Switzerland, etc. millions of gallons/litres of fuel and umpteen million dollars/euros, etc. in spare parts.
Cant beleive I agree w/ a Green but he is correct, what might start a path for EADS, is a board member publicly exclaiming that EADS will introduce a profit motive into their military engineering infrastructure. Engineers that perform are rewarded, potentially handsomely, and others who dont perform get layed off.