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dane@rescomp.Stanford.EDU (Dane Spearing) wrote:
>Bingo. Here at Los Alamos, if the wind is more than about 15 kts from
>the west, we local pilots dont even try to take off. And its not
>because there isnt enough runway (>5000 ft). Its because when the
>wind is that strong out of the west (and thus coming over the mountains)
>the rotors off of the mountains can slam you back down faster than you
>can say "OH S*IT!".
Dane: Have you ever seen any of the tape that was supposedly shot when
they launched the gross weight C-130 off the cliff about 15 years ago?
The need to get the bird and the cargo out required them to supposedly
run right off the cliff in ground effect to gain enough airspeed. Ive
been told there was tape shot of it just in case of a problem, but
have never seen it.
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