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    Isn't the APC strapped to a sled taking most of the impact of the fairly soft grass field (rather than a paved or concrete runway)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYSwede View Post
    Isn't the APC strapped to a sled taking most of the impact of the fairly soft grass field (rather than a paved or concrete runway)?
    you're right there is a skid under it
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    It's kinda hard to land even a C-130, with a tank inside.The stories I've heard would amaze you. There is a good article about C-130's from Popular Mechanic at....

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/mil...-badass-plane/

    Saw quite a few when I was in the Corps, really liked the thing, big and bulky and all, and inside was huge compared to a UH-1.

    There's another page that gives instruction for "dropping off" a tank https://fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/c-130.htm

    and it goes a little like this:

    In its personnel carrier role, the C-130 can accommodate 92 combat troops or 64 fully equipped paratroops on side-facing seats. For medical evacuations, it carries 74 litter patients and two medical attendants. Paratroopers exit the aircraft through two doors on either side of the aircraft behind the landing-gear fairings. Another exit is off the rear ramp for airdrops.

    The C-130 can deliver personnel, equipment or supplies either by landing or by various aerial delivery modes. Three primary methods of aerial delivery are used for equipment.

    In the first, parachutes pull the load, weighing up to 42,000 pounds, from the aircraft. When the load is clear of the plane, cargo parachutes inflate and lower the load to the ground.
    The second method, called the Container Delivery System, uses the force of gravity to pull from one to 16 bundles of supplies from the aircraft. When the bundles, weighing up to 2,200 pounds each, are out of the aircraft, parachutes inflate and lower them to the ground.
    The Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System is the third aerial delivery method. With LAPES, up to 38,000 pounds of cargo is pulled from the aircraft by large, inflated cargo parachutes while the aircraft is five to 10 feet above the ground. The load then slides to a stop within a very short distance. Efforts are underway to increase the maximum load weights for LAPES aerial delivery to 42,000 pounds.
    The C-130's design maximum gross weight is 155,000 pounds (175,000 pounds wartime) with a normal landing weight of 130,000 pounds. The operating weight is approximately 80,000 pounds. The airplane is capable of airlifting 92 ground troops, 64 fully equipped paratroopers, or 74 litter patients. It can also carry 45,000 pounds of cargo.
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    I'm not for certain, but that appears to be ~8' drop, which if one was riding inside when it was dropped would risk loosening one's fillings, if not rattle the kidneys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAMSatisfied View Post
    I'm not for certain, but that appears to be ~8' drop, which if one was riding inside when it was dropped would risk loosening one's fillings, if not rattle the kidneys.
    That is a tank being dropped by LAPES, the tank is on a skid and there are no passengers. I have 9 jumps from the C130 in 1970. Fantastic view from the first in line on the ramp. Disliked the last couple of night jumps with full combat gear. The ground comes up fast and you cannot really tell when your boots are going to hit. Good memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Fabricius View Post
    That is a tank being dropped by LAPES, the tank is on a skid and there are no passengers. I have 9 jumps from the C130 in 1970. Fantastic view from the first in line on the ramp. Disliked the last couple of night jumps with full combat gear. The ground comes up fast and you cannot really tell when your boots are going to hit. Good memories!

    P.S. there is a real risk with LAPES. If the load hangs up on the ramp the C of G shifts too far back for the Captain to hold the aircraft level and it will nose up and crash.
    If you look closely as the load leaves the ramp the aircraft immediately climbs dramatically due to dumping the load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Fabricius View Post
    P.S. there is a real risk with LAPES. If the load hangs up on the ramp the C of G shifts too far back for the Captain to hold the aircraft level and it will nose up and crash.
    If you look closely as the load leaves the ramp the aircraft immediately climbs dramatically due to dumping the load.
    Yes you can also see the effects of the change in the CG as the load is pulled off the ramp once it is gone the plane lightened of the cargo takes off almost like a pair of 1000 lb thrust jatos were ignited
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