It seems that the real world, especially the parts of the real world without high-tech military equipment, is bringing back some old-time favorites. I’ve long carried on and on about the M14 rifle, and I noted the M79 ‘blooper’ grenade launcher.
UPDATE: Speaking of DID, Joe Katzman has a great post up at Winds of Change: The US Military’s Futuristic “Helicopters”
He notes the Joint Heavy Lift (JHL) rotorcraft.
This is a futuristic aircraft that would carry roughly the capacity of a modern C-130 Hercules Transport, but with the ability to take off and land like a helicopter.
This reminds me of something that I recall seeing some time back. Apparently, while brainstorming ideas to rescue the Iranian hostages by force, someone came up with the idea of using rockets on a C130 to allow it to land on a soccer field in Tehran, using the rockets to stop it once it touched down. Then, once the hostages were loaded, rear-firing rockets (RATO) would allow the plane to take off again from the field.
Was this a totally pie-in-the-sky idea? Was it ever tested? Is it even feasible? Does anyone know?