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  • BlackArcher
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    • Dec 2010
    • 4235

    #81


    A historic moment for LCA Navy program..

    Two greatest Naval Aviators from the same legacy called White Tigers, Cmde JA Maolankar, currently the Chief Test Pilot of LCA Navy program in the front cockpit and Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd), the Ex Chief of Naval Staff in the rear cockpit returning back to dispersal after a sortie in LCA Navy trainer NP-1. The moment will go down the history as one where two naval aviators from different era flew together.

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    • BlackArcher
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Dec 2010
      • 4235

      #82
      Former Indian Navy Chief, Admiral Arun Prakash, a former Sea Harrier pilot and CO of the INAS 300 'White Tigers' squadron, flew with the Naval LCA Chief Test Pilot Cmde Jaydeep Maolankar.

      in his words

      Words from former navy chief:
      "With 2 of India's best; Naval Tejas & Navy test pilot Cmde Maolankar! Agile LCA matches best gen-4 fighters & is superb example of skills in design, flt testing & 'Make-in-India'. New govt MUST back LCA 100% & bring focus on a/c & engine design & production. We can match China."







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      • BlackArcher
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Dec 2010
        • 4235

        #83
        Some great Naval LCA Mk1 pictures released by ADA during its latest trials at INS Hansa, Goa. Tire bruising trials, arrestor hook snagging the wire, bolters, night sorties, hot refueling, all sorts of trials were carried out and reportedly went off well. Expecting actual carrier based trials to be initiated this year.


        Classic sight that has welcomed disembarking carrier pilots since 1960. The dissimilar twins against the backdrop of "Grande Island" at the threshold of INS Hansa.

        Moody study of NP2 against the Goan coastline, waiting for the monsoon.

        An Ideal carrier air wing? Some day maybe.

        Dabolim maybe the gateway to the typical Goan holiday but it remains the Navy fighter pilot's "Fighter Town".

        Hook Down, running in to "Slot", break into the carrier circuit.


        Night approaches to hone flying skills. Showing off the newly installed Angle of Attack and undercarriage position indicator lights.

        Just eye candy.

        Almost ready for the big one (flight arrestment). Once deemed ready, the arrester wire will be rigged.


        Hot Refueling, the key to maintaining flight testing tempo. Now available even at night. Standby for "Hot Switching" of pilots next.

        Live "Cable Bruise" test for the tyres.

        Ground to Air photography for flow visualisation of fuel jettison

        Poor Man's Optical Landing Aid (POMOLA) on the right to enhance safety for steeper glideslope test points.

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        • BlackArcher
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Dec 2010
          • 4235

          #84
          Video of the Naval LCA trials at INS Hansa, Goa. Can see the arrestor wire engagement and bolter trials.
           

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