MER on F/A 18 A hornets

MER on F/A 18 A hornets

Joined: October 25th, 2007, 2:59 pm

April 20th, 2012, 7:41 pm #1

I would like to know if the Multiple Ejector Racks used on eary hornets were the same as those used on F4 phantoms?

I build 1/32 and intend to use Tamiya MER with Academy aircraft.

Possible?

TIA

Dan
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Joined: October 22nd, 2009, 11:44 pm

April 21st, 2012, 1:18 am #2

Per one of my books, i know they must have used a TER as one test misson was to carry six 500lb M-82 bombs and two 400 gallon tanks. The flight was from Pax River to Cape Hatteras, NC and return.

Maybe someone has the early 80's book Detail and Scale or Squadron/Signal book on early Hornets. Seems like there was something in F-18 Walk Around or a title similar to that. Good luck, George
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 2:45 am

April 21st, 2012, 2:25 am #3

I would like to know if the Multiple Ejector Racks used on eary hornets were the same as those used on F4 phantoms?

I build 1/32 and intend to use Tamiya MER with Academy aircraft.

Possible?

TIA

Dan
I believe the problem is clearance. You wouldn't be able to use the flaps, if they used MERs, and the aircraft isn't high enough to use one on the centerline.
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Joined: February 28th, 2005, 3:20 pm

April 21st, 2012, 4:15 am #4

. . . I just watched this video linked over in Plane Talking and it shows MERs attached to Hornets (or maybe Super Bugs) on the Ike, although just carrying practice bombs or nothing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=en ... DXRIM&NR=1
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Joined: July 13th, 2008, 5:06 pm

April 21st, 2012, 4:51 am #5

I believe the problem is clearance. You wouldn't be able to use the flaps, if they used MERs, and the aircraft isn't high enough to use one on the centerline.
The F/A-18A is definitely able to carry a MER. I just shot this VMFA-112 bird with a MER a few weeks back. From what I remember from my F-4 days, they are close to the same.

Frank M

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April 21st, 2012, 6:16 am #6

I used to do performance analysis on the F-18A when it first flew, and I don't remember using MERs for payload-range charts. I thought I gave a valid reason why, but now, I am wondering about my memory.
Sorry.

I did notice on this picture, that the MER is mounted forward on the pylon, so that anything carried will clear the flap. Maybe that is a change from 1975.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:06 pm

April 21st, 2012, 1:03 pm #7

I believe the problem is clearance. You wouldn't be able to use the flaps, if they used MERs, and the aircraft isn't high enough to use one on the centerline.
I have seen (and flown with) Mk.76 practice bombs loaded on MERs on F/A-18s. However, I don't recall ever seeing MERs loaded with live ordnance on F/A-18A or B model aircraft.
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Joined: November 19th, 2006, 8:23 pm

April 21st, 2012, 2:35 pm #8

I would like to know if the Multiple Ejector Racks used on eary hornets were the same as those used on F4 phantoms?

I build 1/32 and intend to use Tamiya MER with Academy aircraft.

Possible?

TIA

Dan
operationally or with anything besides practice bomblets.

BTW, check out those panel lines on that Hornet. A great example showing how they sometimes do look as pronounced as when people do a wash--even if it's not the norm.

Mike Todd

yeah, all except the part about him being presumed dead.
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Joined: October 25th, 2007, 2:59 pm

April 21st, 2012, 3:20 pm #9

I would like to know if the Multiple Ejector Racks used on eary hornets were the same as those used on F4 phantoms?

I build 1/32 and intend to use Tamiya MER with Academy aircraft.

Possible?

TIA

Dan
Lou Drendel's Squadron Signal 136 "F/A 18 in action" shows a pic (pp 34) of a Marine hornet carrying 28 MK 82 snakeye.

4 underwing MER are full, and a centerline MER bears 3 MK82 forward and a single MK82 rear for Lg doors clearance.

My question was; are the MER the same type as those carried by F4 phantoms, as I can't tell by the pic.

Thanks again,

Dan
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Joined: October 22nd, 2009, 11:44 pm

April 21st, 2012, 10:38 pm #10

Sounds like that photo is the one rattling around in the far-back corners of my mind ...

Even if you plan on entering this model in a show, go ahead and build it as best you can. If you are having this much difficulty discovering the accurarcy regarding the MER's, the odds are that no one who would be a judge will know the difference either ... and the odds of a Weapons Loader professional coming in and saying "This isn't correct" are pretty danged slim. Happy modeling,

Who is to say authoritately that F-4 pylons were not used in that flight test. Same company made both aircraft. Good luck, and happy modeling, George
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