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Offline MAD

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'What If' Northrop F-20E/F Tigershark Profile Request
« on: July 20, 2011, 09:23:14 pm »
A challenge to you talented 'What If' Profile artist :o

I am in long want and ore of what I call the Northrop F-20E/F Tigershark

I envisage it being a natural progression process of the Northrop F-20A/B Tigershark (as the F-16A and F/A-18A has progressed with operational experience!)

What I am looking for is:
- Larger area wing
- A more refined 'bubble canopy' - for superior all round visibility!
- Conformal tanks - for better range, whilst freeing up hardpoints for weapons.

Thank you in advance for if you elect to take up this challenge  :bow:


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Re: 'What If' Northrop F-20E/F Tigershark Profile Request
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 09:35:31 pm »
Sounds awesome
That being said, I'd like to remind everybody in a manner reminiscent of the SNL bit on Julian Assange, that no matter how I die: It was murder (even if there was a suicide note or a video of me peacefully dying in my sleep); should I be framed for a criminal offense or disappear, you know to blame.

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Re: 'What If' Northrop F-20E/F Tigershark Profile Request
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2011, 10:28:17 pm »
Question: Other than aesthetics, what good would a larger wing do? The F-20 was already more maneuverable than just about anything else in the sky at the time save the X-29; so much so that it killed two pilots from g-induced loss-of-consciousness.

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Re: 'What If' Northrop F-20E/F Tigershark Profile Request
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2011, 12:07:02 am »
Other than aesthetics, what good would a larger wing do?

Carry more deliverable items :wacko:
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Re: 'What If' Northrop F-20E/F Tigershark Profile Request
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2011, 02:01:03 am »
Question: Other than aesthetics, what good would a larger wing do? The F-20 was already more maneuverable than just about anything else in the sky at the time save the X-29; so much so that it killed two pilots from g-induced loss-of-consciousness.



The wing has been one of the criticisms of the F-20.  Like Jim mentions, more about payload & range than maneouverability although I think would have allowed a greater sustained turn.  IIRC there were some studies done but Northrop was reluctant to incorporate it as it meant more testing & higher cost narrowing it's advantage over the F-16.  Moot point in the end.

There's a Secret Projects thread on the Big Wing Tiger Shark:
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,9792.0.html
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Re: 'What If' Northrop F-20E/F Tigershark Profile Request
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2011, 07:55:07 am »
Thanks gents for your interest ;D
Yeah as Mossie has stated, I have tried to find out the answer to the need/want of a larger wing.

As remarked -
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the issue of incorporating a much more powerful General Electric F404 turbofan engine - which significantly improved thrust (and thrust-to-weight ratio), but failed to incorporate a greater wing area to complement this boast in power.

Add to this as stated by F-14D on Secret Projects Forum
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,9792.0.html                                                         
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The benefits were more weapons flexibility and greater sustained turn, among others


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Re: 'What If' Northrop F-20E/F Tigershark Profile Request
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2011, 09:34:03 am »
For what the CFTs could look like, have a look at what the Brazilians did for their F-5s. CLICK!
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Re: 'What If' Northrop F-20E/F Tigershark Profile Request
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2011, 08:13:09 pm »
Thanks ChernayaAkula  :thumbsup:
That is what I am talking about!!
Although it looks a little squarish across the top....if you know what I mean. Couldn't it conform more in terms of shaping with the contours of the fuselage and intake duct  :unsure:

Thanks for your input my friend  :bow:


So have we any takers on drawing this baby  :rolleyes:

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