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3 hours ago, hallo1994 said:

There's that gun sticking out on the right. 

Which is what makes it an AC-130 instead

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On 26.1.2016 at 0:15 AM, Solono said:

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I've actually talked to a few older guys who used to fly this in the Norwegian Air Force. Talking about burning 30k feet on a loop... made me go hard.

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Drop tanks are for pussies. Real men store fuel in the payload (the 1950s were a weird era).

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We didnt have enough Blackbirds. You cant make it out from this angle, but thats not an SR-71 or an A-12, its the extra absurd YF-12 interceptor variant.

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Note the chines not extending over the nose cone, presumably so they didnt interfere with the radar

 

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On April 30, 2016 at 8:07 AM, karl0ssus1 said:

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Drop tanks are for pussies. Real men store fuel in the payload (the 1950s were a weird era).

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We didnt have enough Blackbirds. You cant make it out from this angle, but thats not an SR-71 or an A-12, its the extra absurd YF-12 interceptor variant.

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Note the chines not extending over the nose cone, presumably so they didnt interfere with the radar

 

Yes, it had a larger interception radar with a larger dish.

What's absurd about it though?  It was meant to take out enemy bombers with Phoenix missiles.

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On 7/7/2016 at 2:52 PM, FlorbFnarb said:

Yes, it had a larger interception radar with a larger dish.

What's absurd about it though?  It was meant to take out enemy bombers with Phoenix missiles.

The entire Blackbird series were absurd, 40 years on and the airspeed records still stand. Still, as reconnaissance platforms they made a lot of sense and worked relatively well. The YF variants though... You dont need mach 3 capability to shoot down a Tupolev, the conventional interceptors of the day were more than capable of chasing down the fastest bombers the Russians had, so why build something bigger, faster and more expensive? 

Anyways, have a conventional interceptor of the day.

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2 minutes ago, karl0ssus1 said:

The entire Blackbird series were absurd, 40 years on and the airspeed records still stand. Still, as reconnaissance platforms they made a lot of sense and worked relatively well. The YF variants though... You dont need mach 3 capability to shoot down a Tupolev, the conventional interceptors of the day were more than capable of chasing down the fastest bombers the Russians had, so why build something bigger, faster and more expensive? 

Anyways, have a conventional interceptor of the day.

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The faster an interceptor is, the quicker it reaches the target bomber.  That's also why Phoenix AAMs are among the fastest air-to-air missiles in existence as well as being extremely long-range; they're made to reach the target as quickly as possible.  Nobody wants to shoot down an enemy bomber after it drops a nuke.

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2 hours ago, FlorbFnarb said:

The faster an interceptor is, the quicker it reaches the target bomber.  That's also why Phoenix AAMs are among the fastest air-to-air missiles in existence as well as being extremely long-range; they're made to reach the target as quickly as possible.  Nobody wants to shoot down an enemy bomber after it drops a nuke.

Except the interceptor equation isnt about raw straightline speed, its about getting off the ground fast and up to operating height ASAP. F106 climbs a lot faster, and is likely much easier to scramble (Blackbirds couldnt be kept fueled up on the ground, the tanks leaked when the plane wasnt at operating temp).

 

 

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8 hours ago, karl0ssus1 said:

Except the interceptor equation isnt about raw straightline speed, its about getting off the ground fast and up to operating height ASAP. F106 climbs a lot faster, and is likely much easier to scramble (Blackbirds couldnt be kept fueled up on the ground, the tanks leaked when the plane wasnt at operating temp).

 

 

Yeah, but they have longer range and could be kept in the air on alert.

They were also a hedge against any potential Soviet development of a high-supersonic bomber.

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The Tigercat is one sexy beast.

I'll never understand why the Americans and Brits were able to make the heavy fighter concept work several times but the Germans failed with it every damn time.

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