Started by chrisonord, August 20, 2019, 09:19:00 AM
Quote from: Weaver on August 24, 2019, 04:17:41 PMIIRC, they wind-tunnel tested twin Sidewinders on Crusader-style side pylons and found that it reduced lateral stability to the point where the aircraft would need a bigger fin (bigger than the F.3/F.6 one). However they did project them for the mid-belly tank weapon pack on some of the advanced versions, so maybe they wouldn't be a problem if they were further back?There are mockups of some of the mid-belly-tank options. There are diagrams in Chris Gibson's Battle Flight. Colin from Freightdog showed me the brochure for his F.2A belly pack conversion, and the Bullpups were probably going to be replaced by AS.30s:These are the wing pylons. This aircraft also has the recce pack in the missile-support-pack position, which I've never seen actually flying before:
Quote from: kitbasher on August 25, 2019, 12:10:15 AMWeaver old chap, your posts in this thread has inspired a Lightning whif involving Sidewinders. IIRC the RAF had briefly considered the feasibility of adding wing pylon-mounted Winders to F.6s (one per pylon). If so, and given the double-SNEB carriage option that came with the export F.50-whatevers, do you know if double Winders were ever considered (or are feasible)? ,
Quote from: zenrat on August 25, 2019, 05:19:44 AMThat Tomcat is filthy.But still its panel lines are not as heavy as some would have us believe.
Quote from: Weaver on August 25, 2019, 05:01:27 AMI've never seen any real-life mention of Sidewinders on the wing pylons. The double MATRA pods had to be angled asymetrically relative to the pylon, presumably in order to clear the open u/c doors. The inboard one was near-vertical and the outboard one near-horizontal, so if it is possible to get two 'Winders on there, I suspect they'd have to be angled as well, probably using something like the twin-rail adaptors used on the Sea Harrier post-Falklands but more extreme. Alternatively, since the outboard pylon is quite deep, you could have one AIM-9 on the bottom of the pylon and one on the side of it, like an F-14 wing pylon.
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