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The Phantom was a result of 1950's design (Make it Mach 2!, we have air to air refueling), It got upgrades due to being outclassed by Migs (17 & 21), I still have to agree with test pilot who thought it upside down! Good radar though...
As far as I remember, the first fights with MIGs were in Vietnam. The problem with the early Phantoms was that they had no close range weapons, only missiles. They thought that they could avoid fights at close range that way, but that did not work out very well. To correct this, they added this[^].
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
Not at first, I was told by a RAF ground crew (retired) I was at uni with him (had a limp from getting blown up in the Falklands, travelled out on Bravo November), that the RAF / Royal Navy F4's had SSU-30 gun pod, which was only loaded with less than half Ammo as firing caused the Tragetting system to lock up and need a reset. You could fire 2 or 3 Bursts touch the trigger let go, if you held it for longer it crash the targetting computer(!)...Intresting Guy, had cancer from the Chenobyl bang as he was the only nuclear qualified member on shift at Gibraltar when a Nimrod did an over fly...
In a scenario with highly controlled aerospace it is as good as done, the point is not to resist to a SAM hit but to avoid it altogether - SAM and MANPADS aren't bullets that can be "shrug off". One of those *will* mess up any plane.
GCS d--(d+) s-/++ a C++++ U+++ P- L+@ E-- W++ N+ o+ K- w+++ O? M-- V? PS+ PE- Y+ PGP t+ 5? X R+++ tv-- b+(+++) DI+++ D++ G e++ h--- r+++ y+++* Weapons extension: ma- k++ F+2 X
The A-10 was designed to be hit and still flyable (something like loose half a wing, an Engine, the pilot sat in an Armoured bath tub!). There is or was a photo of one from Gulf 1, which had taken a MANPAD missle the blew the port engine and tail off , got the pilot home!