Combat approach

The C-130 is the backbone of USAF tactical airlift. But it is vulnerable to small arms fire during takeoff and landing. To minimize this vulnerability, they routinely use a technique known as an assault landing. Let’s just say it isn’t your usual approach into DFW or ORD.


Spotted over at Eric Palmer’s place.

3 thoughts on “Combat approach”

  1. A year or so ago, I saw a clip from taken an Airline cockpit of the approach in to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Lottsa twists and turns. After touchdown and run-out you hear someone in the cockpit say, that’s not fun! The Assault approach doesn’t look like anything for the feint of heart any more than the Goosey approach is.

  2. Not what you’d call a stabilized approach. Normally that’d be a “go around” instead of a landing. Heard about it before but hadn’t seen it from the front seat until now.

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