Imagine some cyberpunk future when we’re at war with Russia and off in the distance the Red Army just sees a fleet of these helicopters each carrying an aircraft carrier full of bombers and fighter jets. What a power move that would be.
@TriangleTesticles, you sir..I like you.
@TriangleTesticles, *US airlifts an entire fleet into the Black Sea* Your move Russia
@TriangleTesticles, that was a military operation (Paul Bunyon) that was almost exactly like this. The operation on paper was to cut down a specific tree that was blocking the line of site o a obersevation post. In actuality was a dïck measurement contest.
Us army wanted to cut down the tree, Koreans didn’t want the tee cut down. So they killed the us army soldiers with axes. So what any normal military would do the us army responded by...
@NameyMcNameFace, A convoy of 23 American and South Korean vehicles ("Task Force Vierra", named after Lieutenant Colonel Victor S. Vierra, commander of the United States Army Support Group) drove into the JSA without any warning to the North Koreans, who had one observation post manned at that hour. In the vehicles were two eight-man teams of military engineers (from the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division) equipped with chain saws to cut down the tree.
These teams were accompanied by two 30-man security platoons from the Joint Security Force, who were armed with pistols and axe handles. The 1st Platoon secured the northern entrance to the JSA via the Bridge of No Return, while the 2nd Platoon secured the southern edge of the area.
@NameyMcNameFace, Concurrently, a team from B Company, commanded by Captain Walter Seifried, had activated the detonation systems for the charges on Freedom Bridge and had the 165mm main gun of the M728 combat engineer vehicle aimed mid-span to ensure that the bridge would fall should the order be given for its destruction. Also, B Company, supporting E Company (bridge), were building M4T6 rafts on the Imjin River should the situation require emergency evacuation by that route.
@NameyMcNameFace, In addition, a 64-man task force of the South Korean 1st Special Forces Brigade accompanied them, armed with clubs and trained in taekwondo, supposedly without firearms. However, once they parked their trucks near the Bridge of No Return, they started throwing out the sandbags that lined the truck bottoms, and handing out M16 rifles and M79 grenade launchers that had been concealed below. Several of the commandos also had M18 Claymore mines strapped to their chests with the firing mechanism in their hands, and were shouting at the North Koreans to cross the bridge.
@NameyMcNameFace, A U.S. infantry company in 20 utility helicopters and seven Cobra attack helicopters circled behind them. Behind these helicopters, B-52 Stratofortresses came from Guam escorted by U.S. F-4 Phantom IIs from Kunsan Air Base and South Korean F-5 and F-86 fighters were visible flying across the sky at high altitude. At Taegu Air Base, F-111 bombers of the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing out of Mountain Home Air Force Base, were stationed, and F-4C and -D Phantoms from the 18th TFW Kadena Air Base and Clark Air Base were also deployed. The aircraft carrier USS Midway task force had also been moved to a station just offshore
@NameyMcNameFace, Near the edges of the DMZ, many more heavily armed U.S. and South Korean infantry, artillery including the Second Battalion, 71st Air Defense Regiment armed with Improved Hawk missiles, and armor were waiting to back up the special operations team. Bases near the DMZ were prepared for demolition in the case of a military response. The defense condition (DEFCON) was elevated on order of General Stilwell, as recounted in Colonel De LaTeur's research paper later. In addition, 12,000 additional troops were ordered to Korea, including 1,800 Marines from Okinawa. During the operation, nuclear-capable strategic bombers circled over the JSA.
Altogether, Task Force Vierra consisted of 813 men: almost all of the men of the United States Army Support Group.
@NameyMcNameFace, all of this to cut down a fücking tree.
@NameyMcNameFace, That's fvcking hilarious.
@Gamasennin, it’s my favorite military operation.
@TriangleTesticles, Starcraft Thor and heli drops
i looked it up, no it most certainly cannot. that’d be beyond nuts
@Hoban Washburne, you had to look that up?
@big freedom, ive never pretended to be a smart man
@big freedom, he made a sacrifice. I was going to ask if it was a mistake or fake. I could "maybe" see it lifting, not transporting, an unloaded, nonfunctional, older, small one. But no way in hell is it going to lift what is one of the largest vessels ever created.
@Hoban Washburne, had ya for a second there, huh?
The new ones (CH53K) can lift 36,000 pounds.
So if they teamed up 3 of them, they could probably fly your mother in favorable weather conditions.
"Fox news is reliable"
"You can always blindly trust information given to you especially from TV news."
But can it lift Joe?
I remember on my last MEU, a female SSgt who had never been on a boat was standing there when the 53’s started landing on board. I had to grab her real quick before she about flew right off the flight deck. The downforce on these things is unreal, more than the Harriers when they do vertical take-offs and landings.
Just sail it there
Are we all just gonna ignore the fact that there is a helicopter that can lift a AIRCRAFT carrier and not call that ironic?
@HwarangAce , so, most likely not a single one. Based on some research, very very basic research mind you, it would take 3 of these to lift an aircraft carrier. At least a Nimitz class carrier
The new CH-53 Kilos can lift 2 aircraft carriers