Inconsistency with Airdrop Cargo options in Database
1.An-124 Condor #2364 #891 - with 40/120 ton no cargo drop loadouts, this aircraft does not have any airdrop cargo loadouts
2.IL-76 Candid #2684 (well over a dozen other entries, all based on IL-76) - with 20/50 no cargo drop loadouts, this aircraft does not have any airdrop cargo loadouts
3.C-141 Starlifter #1855 #213 #1929 #485 - with 20/30 ton no cargo drop loadouts, this aircraft does not have any airdrop cargo loadouts
4.C-17 Globemaster #288 (8 other entries, just search C-17) - it has 42/70 no cargo drop loadouts, but its airdrop loadout is a very small 8 tons - as well, it can only airdrop personnel cargo
5.C-5 Galaxy - #2889 #287 #1930 #1931 - it has 60/80/120 no cargo drop loadouts, but does not have any airdrop cargo loadouts
6.V-22 Osprey #4037 (11 other entires, just search V-22) - there is no paradrop or paradrop cargo loadout
In general, I would think an aircraft can airdrop cargo if it is designed to be de-pressurized while in flight and has a rear cargo door. That certainly doesn't apply to civilian cargo carriers, but many military cargo carriers are designed just for that need.
1.http:////en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-124_Ruslan in the design section describes it to have a double pressurized hull just like the C-5, so that rear cargo door can be opened in flight without hurting the aircraft. http:////www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/antonov/ states it does have paradropping capability. http:////www.aircraftinformation.info/art_An-124.htm describing 268 paratrooper capacity and mentions its air drop cargo examples. I haven't found any sources, but I would say that this information should allow the An-124 to have the same exact type of capabilities as the C-5, the plane is was modeled after. Of course detailed info can be much more easily found about C-5 capabilities.
2.Dozens of links can be found on the web if you search for "IL-76 airdrop". Here are 2 videos: http:////www.rt.com/news/204059-serbia-bmd2-vehicles-paradrop/ http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2txzz_ilyushin-il-76-airdrop_tech
3.As I can't find a recent video of the C-141, here is an AirForce released video of the YC-141's air drop capability, showing airdrop capability https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td7ZB1mFzn4
4.The An-22 Cock has a no cargo drop of 80 tons, and an air drop cargo capacity of 45 tons. I don't understand the rationale to give the C-17 a puny 8 ton air drop limit. By your standards with other aircraft, it should atleast have ~50% of its max no cargo drop capacity for air drop. Also, the cargo type needs to be increased to medium cargo capacity for airdrops, instead of personnel.
5.video showing the C-5B dropping 4 Sheridan tanks (19tons each) and paratroopers. http:////www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibPtRAkmkk8
6.video showing paradrop capability (paratroopers and cargo, not at same time) of the v-22 http:////www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0NHz9pmD-w
Lastly, while I think this feature is awesome, it will have issues exposed over time, due to realistic capacities. In addition, while simply subtracting the area of a cargo unit from a base's or ship's cargo capacity, aircraft can be a bit more trick, as each dimension should be checked. A simple example of this is the C-130 with HMMVWs. It can airdrop 3 max, which is great because that is reality. But no more than 3 can fit in a C-130, it's length will only allow for 3. But your model's width of the aircraft is much larger than the width of the HMMVW, so from a pure area point of view, 5 can be placed inside, which I think would only work if you placed them in sideways via a forklift, which I don't think happens.
Is this the reason airdrop capacities are always lower than no drop capacities, as a work around to not determining real area or volume capacity?
< Message edited by Dan109 -- 5/25/2017 11:20:53 PM >