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Old 12-21-2021, 11:14 AM
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Default Hardpoints under wings

This is my official plea to Van's for universal hardpoints under the wings. How cool would that be! Thinking luggage pods, supplemental fuel tanks, bicycles, electric scooters, skis, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles... The aftermarket crowd would go crazy with options. Ah, so awesome...
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Old 12-21-2021, 11:24 AM
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I love it! Stick a 390 up front and have a blast!
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Old 12-21-2021, 01:04 PM
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If you want hard points, just put them in during the build. I think someof the tie down stock on a few ribs near a spar would be sufficient.
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Old 12-21-2021, 01:49 PM
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If you want hard points, just put them in during the build. I think someof the tie down stock on a few ribs near a spar would be sufficient.
Mike Patey did that on the Carbon Cub he built (Scrappy), and hangs a couple of electric dirt bikes. Watching him engineer and build that wing was fascinating.
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Old 12-21-2021, 03:55 PM
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Default Use tie down fittings

Use tie down fittings. Also, check your Operating Limitations.
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AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles...
A GAU-8 Avenger...

Wait. No don't do that.
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Old 12-21-2021, 08:34 PM
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A GAU-8 Avenger...
...under each wing to keep the load and muzzle blast symmetric.

Dude...

A young man can dream...
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A GAU-8 Avenger...

Wait. No don't do that.

Weighs too much............


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Old 12-22-2021, 09:36 AM
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Default Stores Jett!

Well, having flown several aircraft with hard-points under the wings in the past I can assure you it has been done on several civilian production aircraft, most notably, the venerable Cessna's and more recently on the Air Tractor AT-802U. https://802u.com/
Having several sorties in the mighty Duck (0-2), Birddog (0-1) and having fired Rockets off them I can assure you they're formidable. Their combat record in SE Asia and other countries is exemplary. Additionally I witnessed an RV4 with under wing tanks visit a fly-in years ago, another cool mod, (yes a Vans aircraft with under wing stores, kinda.)

I say get the drawings for the Cessna 0-1/0-2 Hard-points, reproduce them for the RV15 and offer the "0" version. With the Maule MX7-180 ISR aircraft in the Tunisian AF, and Tucanos out there, ya never know when you might need some 2.75 Rockets...or an AIM-9X!

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Old 12-22-2021, 11:52 AM
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Smokey!

Where did you get that picture of the -4 with the cargo pods? I've been dreaming of those for a few years ever since I saw the Mike Arnold videos on YouTube where he's building them. I've searched VAF multiple times and can't find much info on them. I actually started to build my own at one point.
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