Accession Number : ADA407726
Title : V/STOL Shipboard Recovery: "It's Not Just Another Carrier Landing"
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis
Corporate Author : MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
Personal Author(s) : Shorter, Andrew G.
Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA407726
Report Date : 12 APR 2002
Pagination or Media Count : 55
Abstract : The United States Marine Corps operates the only vertical/short take-off and landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft in the United States, the AV-8B Harrier. This aircraft provides the USMC with a unique basing flexibility not found in conventional jet aircraft. The Harrier is the only aircraft that can accomplish shipboard operations (take-offs and landings) using routine procedures that are the same as those for shorebased launch and recovery operations. The USMC Harrier force trains and operates at less than its full potential because of the tendency to unnecessarily apply conventional aircraft carrier training and operating procedures to the Harrier. The current V/STOL shipboard training and currency requirements do not maximize the use of limited manpower and operational flying time with respect to the highly technical, mission oriented, tactical core skills training There are historical elements that contribute to this situation as well as adherence to perceptions that either were or are now invalid for the current conditions. However logical and sensible these measures may have been or seemed to be up to this point, the current standards can and should be changed to more closely reflect the modern capabilities and requirements of today's V/STOL force.
Descriptors : *CARRIER LANDINGS , *SHIPBOARD , *AIRCRAFT CARRIERS , *VERTICAL TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT , *JET AIRCRAFT , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , MARINE CORPS , MILITARY STANDARDS , THESES , LAUNCHING , MILITARY TRAINING , TACTICAL WARFARE , CARRIER BASED AIRCRAFT , FLIGHT DECKS , SHORT TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT.
Subject Categories : V/STOL
MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE