The SLUF

Cold war, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm - up to and including for example the A-10, F-15, Mirage 200, MiG-29, and F-18.
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Unread post13 Feb 2019, 05:40

Another great pod cast



would like to see Gums chime in on this :)
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Unread post13 Feb 2019, 09:25

I like that the interviewed piltot said "although we trained for low-level, it is not recommended in combat" at 49:26 mark, and he retired before ODS. I thought about adding this video to A-10 thread.
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Unread post13 Feb 2019, 23:33

Salute!

Good interview, although I could have used less of a long career summary to hear more about the jet.

A better video with real HUD film is here, and show how we actually aimed and steered and navigated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ5v8SvOdA0

Th Navy Captain had lots right, although we could have flown low level and bombed Yen Bai during Linebacker II. The 'vaarks did it at night using TF and such and we bombed thru the clouds at noon alongside F-4 LORAN dudes. Our TF and nav gear was as good as the 'vaark, but we had to fly it manually. Yen Bai was northewst of Downtown and we could have used terrain and our TF system to get in there before they even woke up. One 'vaark guy told us that they popped up just before the base and ran right down the runway dropping delay fuze bombs to close the runway. No AAA until they were booking out to the south, heh heh. We could have done that.

We flew low for CSAR helo escort because we had to keep visual contact with the Jolly. Our normal CAS had releases about 5 or 6,000 feet and 30 degree dive at 400 - 450.IAS. For strafe we got down as low as we needed to, and ditto for using RX.

The fan motor was slow to reach full power for a go around, as he said. And ditto for close formation minor power changes. It was like the motor we had in the T-33, but for different reasons. The TF-41 was a real economical thing and I was surprised the guy did not mention the great range we had.

The one thing I was glad he mentioned was the PMDS, and I attach my Fighter Weapons Review article.

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Unread post15 Feb 2019, 06:27

Thanks Gums!
More video from the same podcast about the SLUF


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Unread post16 Feb 2019, 13:20

Incredible design. Great load carrying capability, great legs.

I always liked the idea of self defense sidewinders. Would not want to jump an A-7 with those, thinking I was going to have an easy day. Any record of an A-7 downing enemy Migs over Vietnam?

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