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F-18 Ski-Jump Trials

Old 28th Dec 2020, 00:43
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
You can probably get airborne - as long as you donít want to go anywhere or carry anything....
Then why would they bother running the tests. They seem to be trying to get an order from the Indians so the aircraft would have to be operationally capable.
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 00:47
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Originally Posted by Royalistflyer View Post
Then why would they bother running the tests. They seem to be trying to get an order from the Indians so the aircraft would have to be operationally capable.
As with the old joke about wildlife phots and the.lions, the Bug only has to be better than/cheaper than the Fulcrum or the Rafale.....
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 10:09
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Originally Posted by Thud_and_Blunder View Post
Wasn't the Breguet 121 originally proposed as a NATO light-fighter replacement for all the Sabres and F84s rattling around? Competition eventually won by the Fiat G91. I can remember reading in 'Look and Learn' back in the 60s about the Jaguar being the replacement for the Gnat in AFTS service, too.

I think it was Gunston who pointed out that the french wanted a strike aircraft, the British a trainer and then French used all of them for training and the British all of them for strike................
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 10:21
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As with the old joke about wildlife phots and the.lions, the Bug only has to be better than/cheaper than the Fulcrum or the Rafale.....
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Old 28th Dec 2020, 10:23
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I think it was Gunston who pointed out that the french wanted a strike aircraft, the British a trainer and then French used all of them for training and the British all of them for strike................
Alas, untrue.....

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Old 28th Dec 2020, 18:47
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Surely that says more about the quality of the 'requirements' write up than on the actual requirements.
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The French Jag on the carrier trial only had one main-wheel per main axle. Was that a pre-preproduction model as UK and French front line models had double bogey main wheels per axle?
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Probably because the land version was supposed to go `off-piste`occasionally; not usually muddy or grassy on a tin-tub....
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