Started by Dizzyfugu, February 25, 2020, 12:28:16 AM
Quote from: Snowtrooper on February 26, 2020, 07:35:14 AMWas about to wonder how archaic a F-1 in 1980's would be,
Quote from: Snowtrooper on February 26, 2020, 07:35:14 AMIn the timeframe, it would still have been useful as a strike aircraft and in anti-helicopter role (especially if the avionics package was updated and it was equipped with RWR and chaff/flare dispensers), pure fighter role would have been situational due to the limited size of its radar dish (even if the actual radar was replaced) and slow-ish speed, but equipped with all-aspect missiles it would have been roughly equal to a Sea Harrier (no, I'm not about to derail this to a Falklands thread). EDIT: Stupid me, with an afterburner a F-1 would have probably been supersonic so actually superior to the Harrier.While it might have been useful even in OTL, keeping the F-1's in service would have been absolutely essential if your whiffverse has some sort of "Cold War gone colder" scenario and the US Navy actually goes for the "600-ship fleet" and reactivates all the mothballed Essex-class carriers (which could not operate F-4 or A-6, and obviously not F-14 or F/A-18 either).
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