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Jan 17 17 9:57 PM
HK wrote:Isn't the V-384 essentially the same spec as the F11F Tiger? Certainly the same engine...
If you're going down that route, you'd definitely want to look at the F11F-1F Super Tiger, as it was offered with an Avon engine to Germany. Problem solved and no scaling necessary!
(The J79, Avon 200 and Atar were interchangeable with minor design changes... witness the Avon Mirage, Kfir etc).
Furthermore, pursuing this line of thinking further, I've always wondered if there wasn't a missed opportunity to stick an afterburning Avon in a slightly scaled up Étendard IV. The Étendard IV being a non afterburning lookalike of the Tiger after all... If the FAA had dumped the Scimitar and the Marine Nationale had recognized earlier the need for a supersonic fighter (later filled by the Crusader), then a joint program might have been possible starting around 1956-57. At this point the Scimitar was struggling with aerodynamic flaws while the Étendard IV prototype was quite promising (the Armee de l'air almost bought 300 Etendards to complement the Mirage III in the low altitude tactical fighter role). And as history showed shortly afterwards, Dassault proved to be quite good at integrating Avon engines in its aircraft, including both the Étendard IVB and Mirage IIIO...
Jan 17 17 10:30 PM
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