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Old 03-25-2020, 01:32 AM   #1
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Been thinking about picking up the F-18 finally, spent 12 years working on it and needed a break from it. My question is if the SHARP pod is modeled in the game?
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:39 AM   #2
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Not in the game, though I certainly don't think that should stop you from getting the module. Do you have info on these pods actually being used on operational legacy Hornets?
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Old 03-25-2020, 01:47 AM   #3
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I don't know if it was installed on legacy hornets. I worked on the ATFLIR systems and had a shared spaced with a civilian that worked on them so my technical knowledge isn't there. My wife is currently going through F-18 school for O level and is going to get some more information for me.
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:02 AM   #4
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I'll save you the trouble. 14 year Rhino maintainer and counting. SHARP pods we're only used on Super Hornets, mainly F models. Program was shut off in 2012. Never flown on a legacy as the pod was basically a gutted 480 gallon fuel tank filled with expensive cameras and other electronics. Too big for a legacy centerline.

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Thanks! That makes sense, I only ever saw it on one deployment and that was in 2011. I always wondered about them though. They still teach it at F-18 school for O level maintainers.
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So....you worked on it for 12 years and need a break from it....and yet here you are. Hah!!! You just can't get enough of it! LOL...just kidding with yah!
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:45 PM   #7
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Thanks! That makes sense, I only ever saw it on one deployment and that was in 2011. I always wondered about them though. They still teach it at F-18 school for O level maintainers.
Yeah, it's written in the contract between Boeing and Naval Education, and derives off of other qualifications etc...the schools are usually behind the curve of the fleet somewhat.

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Old 03-25-2020, 08:46 PM   #8
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So....you worked on it for 12 years and need a break from it....and yet here you are. Hah!!! You just can't get enough of it! LOL...just kidding with yah!
Never enough. Always wanted to fly them, but I have crappy eyes. So this way, I get to.

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Old 03-25-2020, 09:11 PM   #9
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My last deployment in 2007 with 154 we got a pod. Flew it a couple times and than left it in the hangar.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:14 PM   #10
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Never enough. Always wanted to fly them, but I have crappy eyes. So this way, I get to.

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Great way to take care of that itch. I worked on the F-16 for 19 years and I love flying both the Viper and the Bug in DCS. Viper needs Mavs in the worst way tho.
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