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A-6 Wing Support (when folded)

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#1 Marcel111


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 05:08 PM



I'm wondering when the below-indicated wing support is used? Would it be realistic to show an A-6 armed-up with this support still in place? From what I have seen armed-up A-6's do not have that support in place.




From what I have seen it's definitely ok to show an A-6 armed-up but with wings still folded:










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Posted 23 January 2018 - 11:15 PM

Marcel i do think the wing struts were put in place when the a/c wasn't going to be flown in the immediate future or when wind conditions required them in place. For a loaded a/c here is another example:




without the struts. Note the engine panels are open and it look like the RAT door (red panel on top of wing) is open as well.



Edited by Finn, 24 January 2018 - 03:13 AM.

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#3 easixpedro


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:28 AM

It’s called a Jury Strut. As Finn alludes, they’re used when not going flying for sometime, especially if the a/c is towed elsewhere. Taxiing with the wings folded isn’t good for them, but ok for taxiing to the catapult or from the landing area. They’re usually removed before aircrew arrive to preflight the a/c.

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 02:50 AM

The OP photo looks like a static display bird.  Note that it's in a parking lot and has plastic over the wing fold.

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