By Jim Goodall
B-2 Spirit in motion. The USAF's most modern bomber combining either stealth and flying wing characterstics. whole photographic insurance from manufacturing unit to flight line. distinctive pictures of cockpit, touchdown equipment, bomb bays, shades, markings & extra. Over eighty photographs, various line drawings and pages of colour. comprises pilot interviews of operations over Yugoslavia & strike pictures. 50 pages.
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WARBIRDTECH ~ i_ _ ~ Even the reliable Starlifter can develop bugs during a mission problems requiring maintenance attention at the next stop. Squawk sheets listing faulty items are pored over by mechanics who tackle the problems. " Some problems involve aerodynamics and can only be experienced, and the fix validated, in flight. The potential for out-of-rigging problems with operating the petal doors, pressure bulkhead, and loading ramp for airdrops sometimes prompted aircrews to cycle these components shortly after takeoff to ensure proper operation.
An order went out for the vortex gen- erators to be removed in the field. Vortex Generators Removed APUs Changed to Vent Sideways Initially C-14IAs had vortex genThe auxiliary power unit CAPU) erators - small metal blades attached for the C-14I is carried in the left to the upper surface of portions of the main landing gear pod. As built, the wing. Corrosion was an issue where APU's exhaust vented out the top of the vortex generators attached to the the gear pod, resulting in an accumuwings. Additionally, Lockheed tests lation of hot exhaust residue on the showed that a C-14IA with vortex underside of the wing root.
In this role, these Starlifters were the last A-models in service, designated NC-141A. Lockheed promoted the notion of Starlifters as Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) host airframes in an artist's rendering from the 1960s that suggests the presence of an aerial refueling receptacle. S. Air Force, and its general features can also be found in other jet transports around the world. Even before the first Starlifter flew, an industry observer in 1963 compared the wing of a proposed swept-wing, Ttailed, jet-powered version of the Short Belfast transport to that designed for the C-14l.
B-2 Spirit In Action (Aircraft, Volume 178) by Jim Goodall