Author Topic: F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet Ideas and Inspiration  (Read 37806 times)

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Re: F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #165 on: July 14, 2019, 04:37:44 AM »
P-530 cutaway - this was the immediate predecessor to the YF-17:

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Re: F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #166 on: July 14, 2019, 05:27:00 AM »
I'll admit, I'm tempted to model the F-18L and keep the slotted LERXs while simplifying the landing gear (thinking an even swap between a F/A-18 prototype kit and a F-15 which would go on to be navalized).

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Re: F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #167 on: July 14, 2019, 08:18:29 PM »
I was under the impression that the F/A-18 undercarriage design was due to the requirement that Sparrows could be loaded while the wings were folded, i.e. on the fuselage, resulting in the need for a complex retraction process to clear the Sparrows fins.  Theoretically a simpler, but still strengthened gear design could be used if the Sparrows were deleted or moved to the wings.

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Re: F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #168 on: July 15, 2019, 02:21:44 AM »
I was under the impression that the F/A-18 undercarriage design was due to the requirement that Sparrows could be loaded while the wings were folded, i.e. on the fuselage, resulting in the need for a complex retraction process to clear the Sparrows fins.  Theoretically a simpler, but still strengthened gear design could be used if the Sparrows were deleted or moved to the wings.

This is the only reference I have been able to find to that at this stage:  https://www.facebook.com/avgeekery/posts/the-hornets-main-landing-gear-is-one-of-the-most-complex-used-by-a-fighter-jet-a/1497778590309126/
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Re: F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #169 on: July 15, 2019, 03:52:32 AM »
I was under the impression that the F/A-18 undercarriage design was due to the requirement that Sparrows could be loaded while the wings were folded, i.e. on the fuselage, resulting in the need for a complex retraction process to clear the Sparrows fins.  Theoretically a simpler, but still strengthened gear design could be used if the Sparrows were deleted or moved to the wings.

This is the only reference I have been able to find to that at this stage:  https://www.facebook.com/avgeekery/posts/the-hornets-main-landing-gear-is-one-of-the-most-complex-used-by-a-fighter-jet-a/1497778590309126/

That report would also explain what I've noticed on my North American FJ-2 and 3 models, the main gear were moved backwards and outwards ---