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PostPosted: Fri 25 Dec 2015 21:37 pm 
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For Christmas, my one bit of kittery I received was the lovely F4F. While browsing the web for background, I came across this story:-
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/milita ... t&page=who
It tells of a F6F drone that went AWOL, and the unsuccessful efforts to stop it.

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Dec 2015 23:39 pm 
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A proud moment for USAF. No wonder they developed the AIR-2 Genie missile where they didn't had to hit the target but only to detonate in the proximity of the target.
A LOT safer for the land below. :angryfire:

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Dec 2015 00:04 am 
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Shoulda had cannons :nod:

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Dec 2015 08:55 am 
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The Battle of Palmdale. I am in the (long) process of doing this as a diorama, have the Revell Scorpion kits and the Hellcat, plus a Airfix stand. Just got to find time to scratch the AF markings and get on with it.

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Dec 2015 09:26 am 
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Sorry just couldn't avoid :rotfl:
Do always test, test, test new technology before relying on it. :angryfire:

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PostPosted: Sat 26 Dec 2015 10:53 am 
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I remember playing with one of the later target drones - the YF-4 - on the Vieques range in the Caribbean in the mid 90s when I was "Guns" in HMS BIRMINGHAM.

A somewhat different story. YF-4 launched from NAS Roosevelt Roads and arrived on task in the firing range. Flew two fully recorded tracking runs. We received approval from range control for a hot run; the target turned inbound and increased to just sub-sonic. 909 lock on at about 50 miles. Sea Dart on the rail at about 45. "Bird affirm" at 42; "Bird away" at 39. Splash one YF-4! It was a quite impressive for a missile system designed in the mid-60s.


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FAAMAN wrote:
Shoulda had cannons :nod:

A fact that didn't escape North American Aviation. They installed M-39 (20mm Aden-type revolver cannon) in the export versions of the Sabre Dog. Nominally because the Export versions were to be less capable, of course ;)

The Mighty Mice were mighty useless.

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Not always. The Danish F-86D from 1958 at our 'Danish aircraft museum' in Stauning has the tray with Mighty Mouse rockets and no gun, but was also equipped with two Sidewinders from 1960 until its retierment in 1966.

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Yes, Denmark got the short end of the stick, with ex-USAF F-86Ds :) That's the trouble with hand-me-downs. You're buying someone else's lemons.

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North American tried to remedy with the F-86K NATO version of F-86D; MG-4 fire control system; four 20 mm M24A1 cannon with 132 rounds per gun; APG-37 radar. 120 were built by North American, 221 were assembled by Fiat. :nod: :thumb:

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So the fiat assembled ones ..how were the electrics?

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Hopefully not as bad as a 124s 'lectrics :wink:

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