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Harmon Rabb landed a C-130 on an aircraft carrier in an episode of "JAG" back when the show was on.

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An oldie but a goodie. I wonder if the two Navy pilots were E-2 or C-2 pilots?
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I have always loved the C-130. Flew as a Space A passenger on one a couple of times when I was active duty. Not built for comfort, but I was told the damned thing could stay in the air on one engine if it had to...that was comfort enough. :)

I just can't imagine even attempting a landing on a carrier...or a take off. But I seem to remember the USAF using JATO assists for short take offs way back in the day...don't know how successful they were, but I sure never saw one personally.
 

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That brought back a flood of memories...worked the flight deck of the USS Constellation CV64...we never had a C130. Our prop job was the C1A, small light cargo/personnel transport craft. That job was even more scary than my years in L/E. It was certainly a orchestrated circus on the deck...those two pilots had to have nerves of steel to even attempt that. Thanks for sharing that Phantom...:D
 

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They did practice on a runway to test options. There was an article years back in some magazine, but I don't remember which one.

JATO bottles are impossible to make anymore, because of pollution. The standards required to make a new equivalent eco-friendly and human flight safe forbid them.

Supposedly a JATO bottle was a 5" Rocket without the warhead and with added mounting points.

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I never flew in a C-130 where the Pilot wasn't a member of the Frustrated Fighter Pilot's Association (TM). Forget the roller coaster!

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Who notes the USAF is straining its cargo aircraft capability and chartering foreign sources.
 
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