Big aircraft on Carriers

#1
Was watching JAG on SKY tonite, and the hotshot jetjockey/lawyer landed a C130 on an Elmer CVN. At the very end, they showed a film clip of a C130 landing on the FORRESTAL in 1963. Given the disparity in size between our carriers and theirs, what's the biggest aircraft we've ever landed on a British carrier ???
 

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Lantern Swinger
#2
Biggest Rotary I've seen was a CH 53 on the Fearless..........not a lot of space there.

FW, no Idea but the Phantom would have been pretty big, failing that a Buccaneer or Gannet?


Shaun
 
#7
Are you talking about weight or physical size?
The biggest fixed wing one I was involved with on one of our Flight decks, was a USN Tracker,and the biggest rotary was a RAF Chinook.
RoofRat
 
#8
As MM says the Bucc would be the heaviest (as rigger friend once said Buccs aren't made, they're quarried) and not neccesarily smaller than the F4.

As for landing a C130 on a carrier, that's one thing, getting it airborne again would be interesting to watch.
 
#14
Had a Yank land on the Vic early 60's with a Phantom in an exchange,problem was he would not take off again until we reached harbour.
Said it was too short,he may have been right as I was not FAA so knew sod all about it,I do know he spent a lot of time shooting a .44 Magnum off the rear end of flight deck.
Used to tell all who listened that it could go thu a car engine,he would be hard pressed to hit a car engine at the 20 yards he practiced on!
 
#16
when they were planning CVA01 back in the sixties they envisaged flying HS125's off them (note not the Intercity 125 before anyone asks!) -a commuter jet how about that! (ok so it would be a stripped down version similar to RAF Dominie but still.....)
 

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