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« on: July 21, 2006, 12:48:47 pm »
Since I have a few days off in a row with internet access, I need to get my fix of in-depth whiff discussion. Since my CAS Avenger is still sidelined due to supply shortages(aren't they all?), Ive been looking into other WW2 planes that could've been modified for the CAS role. One interesting possibility that keeps popping up is the Fairey Firefly. 4 20mm's, a 3000lb loadout, great low-speed and low-level handling, etc. What do you guys think? Like I said, I'd like to get a good discussion going in this and some other topics I'll be posting this weekend. So if you guys have any other ideas for this topic, by all means post them. Later.

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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2006, 12:51:45 pm »
Great idea, Jon.....but it's gotta have tip tanks !

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2006, 01:01:59 pm »
I talked with the CWH Firefly pilot the other day and he told that you had to watch your speed, because it decays very fast and it's a heavy aircraft that will eat lots of altitude to recover lost airspeed.

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2006, 01:15:07 pm »
How about a P-61?

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2006, 01:18:22 pm »
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How about a P-61?
 
These have already been used as ground attack fighters in china, when teh japanese bombers stopped bombing.

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2006, 01:46:06 pm »
Now the idea of a Firefly performing CAS missions is something that I would have never considered but your idea certainly has merit.  

If you are going to pimp out the P-61 you may as well add wing tip tanks to it to keep Toad happy.  Make him even happier you can put RCAF markings on it.  
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2006, 02:22:26 pm »
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If you are going to pimp out the P-61 you may as well add wing tip tanks to it to keep Toad happy. Make him even happier you can put RCAF markings on it.

I was actually thinking of something similar to this for the P-61 (right down to the paint scheme and era) - i.e. loaded up with plenty of weapons:



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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2006, 02:42:24 pm »
Jon,

Just thinking some more about the Firefly. Another benefit in the CAS (and perhaps closely related FAC role) role would be the observer.  Also, could one say that this aircraft did indeed fly in the CAS role during the Korean War (RAN and RN?)?

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2006, 06:43:48 am »
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Jon,

Just thinking some more about the Firefly. Another benefit in the CAS (and perhaps closely related FAC role) role would be the observer.  Also, could one say that this aircraft did indeed fly in the CAS role during the Korean War (RAN and RN?)?

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You know, I hadn't thought about that, but your right. The Firefly was used as a recce bird during the war, so what better role post-war than FAC.  Great thinking GTX. Now where can I get my hands on a 1/72 Firefly kit?

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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2006, 02:23:51 pm »
would it be sacrilege to suggest a re-engine with an over 2,100hp radial engine?

iirc, the merlin/griffon [forget which] was only rated at about 1750hp and i have
a feeling that more power is gonna be needed for a 3,000lb bombload.

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