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Sep 3, 2003

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Phantom chat -



My father in law flew RAF Phantoms in the early 80s. They did low-level intercepts over the North Sea, because the Spey engined Phantoms did not perform well at altitude (I guess Lightnings did high level stuff). But they were very, very fast on the deck. The North Sea is apparently a lovely flying environment especially at low level, because there is often no distinguishable horizon, so if you are performing an intercept at or near the speed of sound, below 500', you really need to be on the ball. They did this at night of course, too. Since he said a standard way to gain position on the target was to perform a lag roll, it was a rush and dangerous as hell. One of his first flights with the RAF (he was on exchange) went out as a four ship but came back as a three ship when one of the guys, the flight commander, rolled himself into the ocean at 600kts. My mother-in-law asked if it was going to be an open casket funeral. Uh, no.

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Sep 3, 2003

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Rude. posted:

Sniper XR/LANTIRN/LITENING pod. Useful for observation and locking on to laser designators.

No it's not it's a jammer. Targeting pod for the HARMs is the smaller one on the right side of the intake (HTS pod).

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Sep 3, 2003

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Neo Duckberg posted:

The undisputed G.O.A.T. has four gats



Yeah that's gotta be a BS loadout. It looks like they might have a 5th one on centerline because it doesn't look like the 600gal tank.

Here's a real one. "Chico the Gunfighter," 421st TFS, was modified to work as on-call ground attack, carrying Rockeyes, two gunpods and the internal cannon (it's an E-model Phantom). The only one so modified to carry the Rockeyes.

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Sep 3, 2003

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Godholio posted:

Basically every Canadian leaves Tinker with more medals than their chief of staff.

And we're not allowed to wear most of them - Legion of Merit is one I can think of that is allowed. I know lots of guys who got NAMs at Whidbey Island that are either just shadowboxed or tossed in a drawer.



Current Chief of Defence Staff, and most of his stuff (3/5) is just for being given the position. He had the typical Canadian rack of a Special Service Medal (overseas service of certain length of time on a non-specific mission) and Canadian Forces Decoration (12 years good service, with a bar for each additional period, 24 and 30 years I think).

Since no one gives a poo poo, here are a couple of Hornets on the way to bomb an ISIS dump truck.

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Sep 3, 2003

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ded posted:

I see no bombs on those hornets, just some air to air missiles, 2 mavericks, and some fuel tanks.

500lb LGBs, asymmetric load (one bomb and a tank right wing, two bombs left). Dozens of sorties flown, probably near 100 now, like 4 drops...

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Sep 3, 2003

Eat knuckle, Fritz!
Got a pretty cool Xmas present from my mother-in-law:



Royal Naval Air Service pilot's wings* belonging to Roy Brown, who in this family will always be credited with shooting down Richthofen, because he's my wife's great-grandfather.

*almost certainly either mess dress or "sweetheart" wings, since the uniform ones ought to have post-mounts, not a pin, at least as far as I can tell. Won't tell the MIL, I appreciate it all the same...

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