Air National Guard Jet Truck

Air National Guard Jet Truck

So tomorrow is the Rhode Island National Guard Air Show and Open House. While much of it is the same as years past, they have changed things up a little bit. One quite noticeable thing that is different is a new Air National Guard jet truck. Today many of the performers ran through a practice, but not all of them. Actually many of the aircraft hadn’t even come in yet, because some are vrf (visual flight rules) only, and can only fly when there is at least three miles visibility. The flight ceiling was at around 1000 feet for much of the day, so the F-16 Viper, which needed at least 1500 feet, and many of the others performers didn’t get to run through their demos. While it did threaten to rain briefly conditions began to improve towards the end of the day, and eventually a few planes were able to go up. Then Blue Angels were able to finish it.

The announcer, Bob Reider, also had a little fun as well today joking about creating weather systems with all the smoke from the jet truck and remarking that the thrust to weight ratio of the jet truck meant if you put it on it nose up it could fly, that is for as long as you can keep it stable, and then it would really need that parachute. He also talked of flying with the Blue Angels and said it is not quite as smooth in the jet as it looks. Although, I don’t think it is particularly shaky or anything he was remaking of the high speed turns which put a lot of pressure on the body. Just think of the Superman’s G-forces that only has just under 4 some G and the ride only lasts for about a minute or so, not the 20 or so minutes the Blue Angels fly for. These pilots even in the prop planes can hit 9 G forces and he said John Klatt’s plane, a Panzl 330 aerobatic aircraft, can take as many as +or- 20 G forces, which is actually more than many of the jets can take, in fact it’s about twice the G limits of an F-16.

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