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Classic Wings Magazine WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific Warbird Digest
Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:23 am 
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The take off and landing videos (and the crash) are most impressive. Only a VERY short ground roll on take off.

The whole Eagle Claw and Credible Sport program is quite interesting. A great history of Eagle Claw, Credible Sport, and C-130s doing very interesting special operations is titled the Praetorian Starship and is found here: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/au/thigpen.pdf

Credible Sport story starts on page 241.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:21 am 
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Kyleb wrote:
I'm disappointed that such a unique aircraft was transferred out of Robbins. One of my grandfathers and possibly my father worked on the project at Lockheed GA, which is <100 miles from Robbins. Beyond that, Pensacola (where the testing was done) is only a couple of hundred miles away from Robbins. We had several members of our EAA chapter who worked on the project, one of whom was on-scene for the crash.

I first saw that airframe at Robbins before the Credible Sport program was in the public eye. Not too long after I first saw the airframe (with all sorts of bolt-on mods, but no display information explaining the mod's), CNN had the popular film clip showing one takeoff, one landing, and the crash. I had learned about the program from a friend who's dad was a local shrink, with at least one client working on the program. Adding two and two together, I kind of figured out what they were up to, but it was 20 years before the whole story came out.

As part of one of my discussions with local participants, my grandfather indicated that there was a lot of back and forth about how the retro-rockets should be controlled. An automated system tied to a radar altimeter, or someone in the cockpit watching the altimeter. As I understood it from him, the automated system was implemented and resulted in the crash.


The testing was done at Eglin AFB near Fort Walton Beach. Auxiliary Field 1 (Wagner Field) (Doolittle Raiders trained at Wagner as well) was where they tested, and crashed, the YMC-130H. The premature firing was initiated by the pilots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKCl3lfAx1Q

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