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« Reply #765 on: March 31, 2012, 10:03:21 am »
Lockheed Starfighter F-104E - 162nd TFS, Ohio ANG, 1985










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« Reply #766 on: March 31, 2012, 11:23:40 am »
Me 262 A-1a/R-1 - JG27, Luftwaffe, 1946









A nice diversion from Cold War jets!

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« Reply #767 on: April 01, 2012, 12:23:57 pm »
Lockheed F-104E Starfighter - 198th TFS, Puerto Rico ANG, 1970











Puerto Rico F-4E's feature on the current Page 25 (as do Florida ANG Drakens and Michigan ANG Fiddlers - lol) so this 'what if' slightly conflicts with that alternate timeline - hey ho.

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« Reply #768 on: April 01, 2012, 01:07:16 pm »

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« Reply #769 on: April 03, 2012, 10:08:26 am »
Convair F-102A - 2 Squadron, Belgian Air Force, 1972









Apart from the Third Wire products the only 'payware' I've ever forked out for is some stuff by RAZBAM and it includes the F-102A Delta Dagger, which is odd because it's never been a favourite of mine but it's undeniably an important milestone in aviation history and it's troubled development story is a good read. Anyway this is the RAZBAM F-102A with Belgian national markings painted onto the skin bitmaps and then with stock decals from the Third Wire Mirage 5BA.

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« Reply #770 on: April 06, 2012, 11:38:04 pm »
Convair F-102K - No.29 Squadron, RAF South East Asia Command, 1963








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« Reply #771 on: April 09, 2012, 12:33:22 pm »
Douglas Skyhawk FG.2 - 899 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 1982











I do like 'B' type roundels on EDSG FAA aircraft and I especially like the 899NAS Fist emblem.

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« Reply #772 on: April 13, 2012, 12:41:04 pm »
Douglas A-4E Skyhawk - MFG1, Marineflieger, 1971












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« Reply #773 on: April 14, 2012, 09:10:09 am »
Douglas A-4ES Skyhawk - F21, Swedish Flygvapnet, 1969











I've made some pretty crude templates for the Skyhawk, just about good enough for screenshots but unfortunately not good enough for releasing the skins. Before I added my Swedish markings I couldn't resist seeing what a Royal Navy experimental scheme would look like!



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« Reply #774 on: April 15, 2012, 11:29:21 am »
Grumman F-14A Tomcat - VF-805 Royal Australian Navy, 1977

The unfortunate HMAS Melbourne suffered two tragic incidents during the 1960's (sinking two friendly warships in seperate collisions, both with high loss of life) that led to it gaining a reputation as a jinxed ship and the Royal Australian Navy decided against a proposed refit scheduled for 1972. By early 1973 a replacement carrier and associated advanced aircraft were openly being sought with the Australian Government initially looking at the soon to be retired HMS Eagle but, in a surprise move, the US Government offered USS Ranger (CV-61) as a thank you for Australia's participation in the Vietnam war. Grumman were quick to see an opportunity and offered an 'export version' of the F-14A (without AIM-54 Phoenix capability) to Australia who ordered 16 in January 1974, the same month that Iran ordered 30 F-14A's (later increased to 80). USS Ranger emerged from refit in May 1975 to enter Australian service as HMAS Australia and received it's first F-14A's in February 1976.










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« Reply #775 on: April 16, 2012, 01:42:37 pm »
Grumman F-14S Tomcat - F21, Swedish Flygvapnet, 1979

Whilst delighted with the newly introduced AJ37 attack version of the Saab Viggen, Flygvapnet officials soon expressed concerns over the range and capability of the forthcoming JA37 interceptor version and made tentative enquiries to Grumman, McDonnell Douglas and Panavia for an interceptor tailored to their rather unique requirements. Grumman (who desperately needed more orders for their F-14 to help offset the burden of the onerous fixed-price deal with the DoD) quickly proposed an export version of the Tomcat by dusting off their earlier Spey-engined F-14S previously offered to the UK.

The new F-14S ('S' now standing for Sweden) was ordered in 1975 and whilst Swedish content in the airframe and avionics was very low the Swedish government had secured offset deals with Rolls-Royce to licence produce the Spey turbofan engine by Volvo Flygmotor and the F-14S was designed to use the 'Swedish' RB-71 (Skyflash) and RB-74 (Sidewinder) missiles as it's primary armament. The F-14S entered service with F21 in 1979 with initial deliveries being made in the 'splinter' scheme which was soon replaced by the two-tone grey scheme still seen today.











My regard for SAAB's wonderful series of post-war combat aircraft is so high that I feel like a traitor in pushing the Tomcat into Flygvapnet service at the expense of the Viggen but it had to be done and it doesn't look too bad.



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« Reply #776 on: April 17, 2012, 12:07:20 pm »
Grumman F-14S Tomcat - F21, Flygvapnet, 2001










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« Reply #777 on: April 19, 2012, 02:24:43 pm »
Dassault Rafale FG.1 - 800 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy, 2003









The single-seat Rafale C was released a few days ago by a Brazilian 3D model maker (screen name CadetteBRA) over at Combat Ace and it's an absolute cracker. Using his templates I've knocked up a simple grey skin and added some RN decals. I haven't had time to add the serials and the all-important 'R' on the rudder  ;) but I hope you like it nevertheless.

Unfortuately, work and real life mean that I'm going to need to take a break but the Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread will return in May. For a daily dose of what if check out the following thread.


http://combatace.com/topic/63073-what-if-screenshot-thread/

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« Reply #778 on: April 29, 2012, 04:21:03 am »
Douglas Dauntless IIA - No.26 (Army Air Co-Operation) Squadron, RAF Fighter Command, 1940









An absolutely delightful Douglas Dauntless and an A-24 Banshee was released recently and it is the latter that I've used here to create an RAF 'AAC' aircraft just by adding some decals. Perhaps in 1941 they were escorted by Spitfires to dive-bomb German coastal radar installations...

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« Reply #779 on: April 30, 2012, 12:57:09 pm »
Nice, must admit that's got me thinking of an Australian one in Wirraway colours

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Murangal Mk.II - Royal Australian Air Force, 1942









This is a quick lash-up (don't look too close :rolleyes:) just to give an impression of what a Dauntless would look like with RAAF markings and the classic white tail. Murangal is the aborigine word for Thunder and does anyone know what squadron those 'BF' codes represent?