posted on Nov, 17 2019 @ 10:08 AM
a reply to: Zaphod58
Such a mess of a design, and sort of inexcusable considering that the Soviets more or less matched the capabilities perfectly with the Mi-6 and Mi-26,
which maintenance-wise are like flying tractors. I'm guessing you'd probably have a bit of trouble trying to fit an Mi-26 into an LHA hangar deck,
It seems like the problem is that the stallions needed to be flying work trucks, but due to all of their size, etc constraints, they ended up being
sports cars with pickup beds; theoretically capable as hell, when they work, but equally temperamental and prone to catastrophic mechanical failures
due to how highly stressed the design was.
In hindsight, the USN/USMC probably should have kept upgrading the Sea Knight to get the range where they wanted it to be and simply bought half again
as many of them. Frank Piasecki must be laughing from beyond the grave at this latest development.
edit on 17-11-2019 by Barnalby because: (no