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F/A-18 Landing Gear Handle design - uplock?

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Hi all,


I've been staring a lot lately at the Hornet's gear handle. I can see it has a lot in common with the AV8B handle.


Couple of questions (in addition to whether it has a detent or not)

Does the handle have an uplock?


Looking at the attached images there's a little white spot at the top of the recess. There's a small lump behind that on the gear handle, so initially I took the white part to be a means to prevent the handle being pulled out without being rotated 90 degrees first. But the more I look at it the more it looks like a kind of push button.


As an aside, I've come to the conclusion that Hornets 'should' have the metal frame around the handle, as opposed to the ED model where it's just the red handle. If anyone has images/info that 'disprove' that I'd be grateful.


Landing Gear Handle 2.JPG

Landing Gear Handle.png

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On 1/30/2021 at 9:26 PM, DeadMeat said:

Per NATOPS section there's a down lock but no up lock


Thanks - I guess I'd been overthinking it, on the basis an uplock (as per your Tornado handle) is always user-controllable so wouldn't necessarily have been described in NATOPS.

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