YMC-130H Lockheed Hercules Story – Operation Credible Sport

YMC-130H were three modified Lockheed Hercules Aircraft for Top Secret “Operation Credible Sport”, for second Iran hostage crisis rescue attempt.

One of the measures considered for a second hostage rescue attempt in Iran was a project to develop a “Super STOL” aircraft, to be flown by Combat Talon crews, that would use a soccer stadium near the US Embassy as an improvised landing field. Called Credible Sport, the project acquired three C-130H transports from an airlift unit in late August 1980, one as a test bed and two for the mission, and modified them on an accelerated basis.

Designated as the XFC-130H, the aircraft were modified by the installation of 30 rockets in five sets: eight firing forward to stop the aircraft, eight downward to brake its descent rate, eight rearward for takeoff assist, four mounted on the wings to stabilize them during takeoff transition, and two at the rear of the tail to prevent it from striking the ground because of over-rotation. Other STOL features included a dorsal and two ventral fins on the rear fuselage, double-slotted flaps and extended ailerons, a new radome, a tail-hook for landing aboard an aircraft carrier, and Combat Talon avionics, including a TF/TA radar, a defensive countermeasures suite, and a Doppler radar/GPS tie-in to the aircraft’s inertial navigation system.

Of the three aircraft, only one received full modification. The program abruptly ended when it crashed during testing on October 29, 1980, and international events soon after rendered another rescue attempt moot.

The flight engineer, blinded by the firing of the upper deceleration rockets, thought the aircraft was on the runway and fired the lower set early. The descent-braking rockets didn’t fire at all. Later unofficial disclaimers allegedly made by some of the Lockheed test crew’s members asserted that the lower rockets fired themselves through an undetermined computer or electrical malfunction, which at the same time failed to fire the descent-braking rockets.

As a result, the aircraft’s forward flight was immediately reduced to nearly zero, dropping it hard to the runway and breaking the starboard wing between the third and fourth engines. During roll-out, the trailing wing ignited a fire, but a medical evacuation helicopter dispersed the flame and crash response teams extinguished the fire within eight seconds of the aircraft stopping, enabling the crew to exit the aircraft safely. This YMC-130H was dismantled and buried on-site for security reasons, but most of its unique systems were salvaged.

source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Credible_Sport

Russian Tu-160 Blackjack Strategic Bomber Dropping Kh-555 Cruise Missile – Recorder from Bomb Bay

The Kh-555 is a conventional variant of the Kh-55.Kh-55SM

The nuclear
warhead has been replaced by a 400 kg unitary
HE, penetration HE, or submunitions warhead. Other notable changes include the following:

  • Larger conformal fuel tanks (compared to the Kh-55SM)
  • Reduced radar cross-section.
  • Improved accuracy.
  • Increased range, 3,500 km.

*on photo is Kh-55SM

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Here is a video of loading cruise missile to bomb bay Tu-160 Blackjack

U.S. Navy and Peruvian Air Force Jets Flight over USS George Washington (CVN 73)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 1, 2015) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 fly alongside a Peruvian air force MIG-29 and Mirage 2000 during a photo exercise above aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington is currently deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015.

151001-N-ZZ999-001 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 1, 2015) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2 fly alongside a Peruvian air force MIG-29 and Mirage 2000 during a photo exercise above aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington is currently deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas 2015 seeks to enhance interoperability, increase regional stability, and build and maintain regional relationships with countries throughout the region through joint multinational and interagency exchanges and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. David Babka/Released)

 

The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas 2015 seeks to enhance interoperability, increase regional stability, and build and maintain regional relationships with countries throughout the region through joint multinational and interagency exchanges and cooperation.

On photos we can see next jets:

  • Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 137 (VFA-137) ” Kestrels “, also Commander CVW-2;

  • McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C(N) Hornet from VFA-34 ” Blue Blasters “;

  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29S from Escuadrón Aéreo 612, Air Force of Peru;

  • F/A-18E from VFA-192 ” Golden Dragons “;

  • Dassault Mirage 2000 DP from Escuadrón Aéreo 412, Air Force of Peru;

  • EA-18G Growler from Electronic Attack Squadron 136 (VAQ-136) ” Gauntlets “.

151001-N-ZZ999-002 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 1, 2015) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 fly alongside Peruvian Air Force MIG-29 and Mirage 2000 aircraft during a photo exercise above the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Washington is deployed as a part of Southern Seas 2015. The eighth deployment of its kind, Southern Seas seeks to enhance interoperability, increase regional stability, and build and maintain regional relationships with countries throughout the region through joint multinational and interagency exchanges and cooperation. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. David Babka/Released)

(U.S. Navy photos by Lt. j.g. David Babka/Released)

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Mai/Released)

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