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hippo books No.

FIGHTER
AIRCRAFT
of the World
by JOHN w. R. TAYLOR
@ ODHAMS BOOKS LTD 196z
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CONTENTS
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AFU P_I6 MK. III 4 (l[nlrr l,rrrltl I I \ W ) Mk.() 46 North American AF-IE Fury 9C SAAB-35 Draken ll0
Armstrong Whitworth Sea Hawk (r (lttttttttt'ttt I ll \ lrtt,r 48 North American F-100 Super Sabre 92 Sud-Aviation S.O.4050 Vautour
Avro CF-100 Mk. 5 tt llrtwl,r',r,r I rl I lt ll 50 Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter 94 II_N 112
Canadair CL l3B Sabre Mk. 6 t0 I lrtwlrt I llrrl,r 52 Republic F-47D Thunderbolt 96 Sud Est Mistral535 ll4
Chance Vought F4U-7 Corsair t2 I lrrwlct I' I I '/ 54 Republic F-84G Thunderjet 98 Sukhoi SU-? (' Fiuer'; I 16
Chance Vought F-8 Crusader l4 llrtrrlrnlrrt lll 'l 56 Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 100 Sukhoi SU-? (' Fishpot ) I l8
Commonwealth C A-27 Avon-Sabre l6 llrrprlrrl ll \ ll I' lrlll llrrclton 58 Republic RF-84F Thunderflash 1,02 Supermarine Scimitar F. Mk. 1 120
Convair F-I02A Delta Dagger Itt .l 4\lMM"lt l'.rIIlrt111a1 1 60 Republic F-I05D Thunderchief 104 Yakovlev Yak-25 (' Flashlight') 122
Convair F-106,4 Delta Dart 20 I.rxllrr,orl I lllrr ',1",,'l rrF Slur 62 SAAB_2gF 106 Yakovlev Yak*? (' Firebar') 124
Dassault Ouragan 22 I ot Llrcnl I lll I ',l,rtlrt'lrl('r 64 SAAB-32 Lansen 108 Yakovlev Yak-? (' Fiddler') 126
Dassault Mystdre IV A 24 Mt l)ottttr=ll llll \ r'lrlorr 66
Dassault Supcr Mystdre B-2 26 Mll )orrtrrll 't ILrrr',lrcr' 68 The author acknowledges with thanks the assistance of Mr. William Green,
Dassault Etenclard IV-M 28 Mi l)otttrr ll I Il, tttott '/0
who provided the illustrations on pages 51, 77, 79, 85, 97 and 123. The
Dassault Miragc lll-C 30 Mt l )otrtrll lll I'1r,il!i'Itl II 72 copyright ofthe photographs reproduced on pages 83, ll9 and 127 is helcl by
de Havilland Sca Vcnom Mt(; l'l l'I rrg,,r t 74 Aviation llt'eek.
F. (A.W.) Mk. 5l 32 Mr(i l/{'llr,' t 76
de Havilland Sca Vixen 34 Mr(i lr, 1' | 1111qri r I 78
Douglas F-6A Skyray 36 Mr( i .tl (' I lrlrl'i,l I 80
English Electric Lightning 38 Mi(; 'f l' I llg,1,.'r t 82
Fiat G9lR 40 NOlllt Ailri th rilr I ', ll) Mttstitng 84
Folland Gnat 42 Notllr ArrrltI rrrr I 11r,l S;tl)rc 86
Gloster Meteor F. Mk. 8 44 Notllt Atttlt h rttr I il(,1)i K/1. Silbre 88
AFU P-16 Mk. lll (Switzerland) Sltrglc re.rt .rt t.r( k fi8hter
Firct Flight: April 28, 1955

AIRFRAME [il lo rilr r'r' l.lr, illl ld (() irir-lo-surface


tor lclr. r 'unlr 'r p,*l\ or lrrrrirlll missiles.
Low wing, sweptback at 20'. Slightly
swept tail surfaces, with variable-incidence l)lMl,:NSll rNs
tailplane mounted mid-way up fin. ll'lng tptn 16 / l.rngth: 46' 9".
Conventional rudder and elevators. Ail- ll(lxht ll I ll rns urra: 120 sq. ft,
erons can be lowered with Fowler flaps llhtrl trrl l(l .' llfuclbase: 18',
to provide additional flap area. Full-span
leading-edge flaps. Air-brake on each wEt(;t t'l's
side of rear fuselage. Semi-circular air
intake on each side of front fuselage. lintptt': ll,1.rll ll'
Tricycle undercarriage, with twin wheels Mu.t. tuLr oll n, ttht 17,795 lb.
on each unit. Main wheels retract inward Pll,Rl,'()ltMAN( 1,:
into fuselage. Nose-wheel retracts rear- Mut. lprrl rrr)r, rrr il lr. at sea level,
ward.
Surlft ftlllnN,l.'.1x)o'.
ENGINE Mu.\. t.rtlll r,,rll rrrll('\.
One Eristol Siddeley Sapphire turbojet, But frrr recklurlr rlurhrl its llight trials' this
rated at I 1,00O lb.s.t. lnternal fuel formldrhh.llllrl llghlrr wrxtld be in standard
capacity of 550 gal., including fixed wing- servlcc wllh lhr. liwerllrlr Air l''orce, which can-
tip tanks. Provision for two 100-gal. cellcd rn onlrr for llll). 'lhe prototype of
underwing jettisonable tanks. the ncw Mh. lll vertkrrr, trs illustrated, first
flcw ln Mun.h lo6tl. ll is intended specially
ARMAMENT filr oprrnlknt [totn rltrrrl rlrnways in narrow
Two 30-mm. Hispano cannon in nose, and vnllryr, rl rrxrrhlrrllrlr hcights above sea
L 44 air-to-air unguided rockets in fuselage lcvcl, lnd cornhlrtm hl{h performance with
pack. Underwing attachments for four the sblllly lo hil.l rnrl trkc off in about 500
i,100-lb. bombs, pods containing l9 yards.
ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH SEA HAWK (Grcar Britain)
First Flight: September 2, 1947 Srnglc-scat naval fightcr-bornbcr

AIRFRAN,IIi \1'l,tr(; l I l'


Mitl-.el rtnrur'lll $iillt\. llrr.rrt.lit ttrrl lltt t. t,tLt ttll r, t4ltr
surlicts. witlt r.rtllrlirttt rtttrl u;tl rrl' lrrr.
Convcntiortal ailcrorrs, clcrlrtrrrs, rrrtlrlr.r I'1,.R t,( )t{ t\t,\ l\( 't.l
rnei lrlrilrng-.,lgc llrrPs. \rr rIt.rk$ rrr
\\illg rao{\. I rrrrr r.rlt.trtrt tr(,//1,., itil ,rl \l,r t. ,l 5r)() rI l).11. nl sca Ie\,!'1.
t1t, ,
u'ings. l ricvclc rrrrtlerelrr itrge, rrr{lr slnlilc ,\ltt\ ttttt ttl , ltrttlt 5,7(X) Il..'ntin.
u'hccl ort clclr rrnrt. lVlairr rvlrccl. rt lr.r, r
,\l,tt. rttttt:, //O rrrrlcs
inwartl into lirsclagc. Nosc,wltccl rt lrrr tr
loru,artl. Wirrrs loltl trprrlrrtl lrtl irrulrrrl.
ENCINE
Orrc Ilolls-lloyee Nenc l0.l trrrt)()ict. Alllrorrgh rrrorl rlt'rcloprnt'trl and production of
rate(l iri s.l(Xl llr r L l trt,l t;rill,s rr. llre Se:r I lrrrrk lr:rs lrr.r.rr handlrd by Armstrong
lusclagc cal bc srrpPlcnlcllc(l hv un(lcr \\'lril rrort h ( n()rr \\'hil rlr)rlh ( ;lostrr Aircraft).
wing jcttisorlrlrlt' lrrrrks.
lltir :rirer:rlt rras llrt lirsl jet lightcr designed
ARN,IAMEN'I' Itv llrr ll:rslier c(,urprnlt ll llcrr first as a
frour 20-trrrrr. elu]n()n ln lowcr lusclltlic. lrrrrrl-lrasr.rl liglrlcr I)rolol\pr. but rras quickly
Underwing lllr!lln\cills lirr two 50O,ilr. rtrlaplt'd lirr usr. lrv tlrt'lloval Navy, which
bonrbs atttl ull l() |6 rrir-lo srrrllrcc rotkcls t.vtrrlrr:rlll borrghl .13{ ol' llrr various fighter
or other sinrilrtr wcltPorr loatls. anrl li11hlr.r-lrrrulrtr versions, Nonc of these
DIMENSIONS rt'rtr:rirr irr lrorrl-lirrc st.rricr; but Sea Hawks
Lf ing span: 3t)'- Ltntth; Jr)'ll'. arc slill oprr:rlionul in (Jermany (which
Htight: 8 ll . ll tt{ ,rrtt. 27ti :c1. tr. horrght 6ll), tlt.: Ncthcrlands (22) and India
Whccl tro,:k: l1'6. (24).
AVRO CF-100 Mk. 5 (Canada) Two-scat all-wcathcr fighter
First Flight: January 19, 1950
t
AIRFRAME wt,I(;il't's
Low unswcpt wings. IJnswcl)l lrril srrr l:ntttt' .t l,l(X) lh.
faces, with tailplarrc rrrorrrrlctl rnrl-wrry rrp Ilrtt. trtl,r olJ x'rixht; 16,000 lb.
fin. Convctrtionitl ailcrorts, clcv;rlors,
rudder and lrrilirrg'crlgc ll;rps. I rrglrc )ll MAN('t,l
tDt,:ll ti(
nacelles btrilt on lrt sitlcs ol litscl;t1ic itlrovc \lttrl trlo rrr.p.lt. itt 10,000'.
wing rools. 'l ricyelc rrrrtlcrc:rrlnp1c. wrllr iti\. ttttr ol tltnrlt tl,500 li./min.
^lrt\
twin whcels on cnch urril. Mrrin wlrccls r r'rlrrtl' 1.1,(XX)'.
,\i'r lrr r'
retract inwtrr(l inlo lirsclirgc. Nosc-wlrccls Lltt. r,trtgr. ovcr 2,(X)0 nrilcs.
retract rcarwirr(1. lltrglrcs lirc eorrlrol
radar in nosc. 'lhe ( lr lll0 wrs llrc llrsl product of the
( urrlrllurr Avro corrrpurry ilnd thc tirst jet fighter
ENGINES rk.rlgnr.d ln ( nnrrdn. l hr lwo prototypes
Two Orcntla ll trrrlrolcls, crrelr lrlctl rrl wr.rr.r.nclr pontrr.rl hv lwo Rolls-Royce Nene
7,275 lb.s.t. r.nglnr.r, lnrl tll prrxluclion m<dcls have had
('nnnrllln ()rrrxh lrrrhojcts. ()f the total of
510 ('lr l(X)s hrlll, llve squrdrons of Mk. 5s,
ARMAMENT nr dr.lcrllxrl tl,(,v(., w(.nl inio service with the
Total of 104 ungrrirlcrl irir lo ;rir rockcls R.(.A.li. ln ('nnldn, whilc lwo more squrd-
in two wing-tip potls. rrrrr of Mk. 5s sr.rvul with tho Belgian Air
liort't. liorrr squldrons of Mk. 4Bs, with span
of 5.1 fl. 7 ln. nnd lrrillrntrnt of eight 0.50-in.
DIMENSIONS rrrlthlrre-guns rs wcll ls rockcts, formed part \:|i
Wing span: 6(l' 10". Lrnxth: 54' )". of lhc ll.('.A.li.'s conlribution to NATO air ':j': ir&; .:irli
Height: 14' 6". ll'ing urtu: 591 sq. It. forccs ln l)uropc. A fcw CF-100s are still
l(heel track: lO'2". llying rxt cxpcrlnrentul work and other
Wheelbase: 18' lt". sccond-linc dullcs,
CANADAIR CL-l]B SAI}RI Ml(. 6 (( rrr'r,l,r)
First f/r1'ht (i"ll,. 1 1 Arrgrrrt 9, l9'ro ',r r rp'1, ., .r t I r1'l rl, r 1,, 'rr r l', '

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l\ltt. r,rrt'1, |."(xr rrrrl'
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ttttrlr't rr rrry rrl'l ll , l,r1',
:ttll t,, |, =i tjlr , , , t, , ,! rtlr ,r rrr;rjrrr 1toWCf.
AI{lVlAl\ll,lN I rt ,... rl,. ri...,t .. . .r.,,r ,,t ttrr ( orslir. of
lorr .lo.r. ,,i.r,,,, r,, .,,r1. r,,r, 'lri'l'. t"t'l "l l'-'l ""' l"'rll l)('lwcen
wltll illl.tr llilr, It lIt rrl, t,! Ii!rr" lt, ,,r trill n'..1 I l'.1 I".,. Lr l"'..' trlttlt tlle last
lxttttlti,rr lllrrrr t,r ilrlr., r.,,1 | ,,1'till il r..1,,. !.,.,,...,r,I,,,llllrr.ttsst.ttrltly
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CHANCE VOUGHT F-0 CRUSADTR (r' \ A )
tlrtt lllght l.lrrrlr lt, l93t '.ltr1lc rnll rrrvrl llllrtor

AlRlrllAMt,: 'rtrlr strrrlr r rllrrr rr.rl nl\\tlcs ()n the sidgs


llrglr rwcpl srrg urtlr'rl.g t',rtlr' l..r,lrrrp ,,1 tlr,, lrrrr lr1yr. I ttl ) lr;rs tirur Side-
ctlgr, wlrir lt , rttr lr' ,lr,r,,1rr rl lnr s11, 1..,,,,,1
lili. Atletltrt rrrrl rrrrrrll trrrrlrrg r,lyr lrll\ll,N\tllNs
llttpr rtte lrollr tllrl,lrl ll tlr. rrlrr,rr,l ll rtrt r1',rt l'r ll ltngth: 54'2{".
lirltlttrg wlrrl ltpr r,rrr lrr ,lr,l1,r,l ll, t..ht l i ', tl h,.,.1 trutk: 9' 8".
l(llaclllcr lrr Irilrr,lr 'rrlilltrrt[ililr ll'tlr !rrr,'
. ()ttc Itcr c nr,'. rrrg t,rrll,lrrlr rr,l 1, t 11 l'1r.lll (1,B.\)
()ll lit\flnl| 'rll I \r It \ r Il r ill lltrr ilrr I ll( \',,trtt,tl r,tl,, ,'ll n,rqht .r1'ptox.27,000 Ib.
lll(l llllfl vdt ldttlr I rrr gr llr lrr ll, rlr,lr r l'1, lr 1,illr l\t.\ Nt t,
litsclrtgc I t t, 't', lr lrllr rr rr r irrgr .\ rtlt
sittglc wlrcrl rr r rtr lt rrl Nl,rrrnr lr. lr llr, i rlrlrlrr lrlr lx.r'rr rllrrrlrtrrl tquipment
rctrilel t[$ilrrl ttttil liltrlrrgr tllrr rlrrrl lr lltr I i '. N{r I illr r. Nlrtr('lr 1957 and iS
fclltt(ls tfrr\\'url ( lrtrr r rryrrfi tllll lrr plrrlrrrtllrr {rrrorrg lls (trtlstanding
ittlakc ttttrler I rrrr ll lrir rrr,llrrr lrlllrr.r lt r Inrr plrltl'rr vnritblc-incidence
EN(itNl,l hlr!. tlrr lr rrllrrl ,rly,. r'l rrhlclr etrn bc raised
l" llA lrrrr tr I'rdll ,t rAlrltrrry l\t l' l1 lrr lrrrrrrl llrr orrglr ll nilnr.L for lakl-Off.
lurb()icl, rrrlcrl rrl l,i.lt(lll ll, r I \r rtl' \ rr lrillr lrr il r r lr r lr r llrr. origintl Ft-8A,
rchcltl. I N( lr,rr rrr,lr' lr,rrrr rlrrl llrr. I llll nlth rlrrrrrgtrl rndlr, lhc photO-
J57 l' lO. I l{l t lrrrr I 1 I l' .rll r 'rr.,l gr egrhlr r r . ,,ll{tritrll l{ I ll.\ s ilh cameras
at lll.(X)() llr I I rrrtlr rr lrnrt I rrr.l trrrr!r hr r llrlr rrr rl I'r llr tlrr l' 8( rilh more
in wittgs ittttl lrrrrlrrlr I'rlr trrlrr l,,r p'n*rlrrl r,rrplrrr.. rrrrtrrl llrrs lnd inrproved
r lrltr, llrr. rr rlt rrrlrrrrrnlir- llll-wcather
llight lclirclllr!
I il) hlllt lrrrrrrrrrl rriltrr[(.nt aild speed
ARMAMI,:N'l' rgr3ll*rhlrrg t\l{'h , I l,trll nt.l).h.). and the
F<lttr 2(l-tttrrt, (nil[il[ ilt ilrrtr. dIrl L tIr I r[.n I' lll, wlth hlllr.r perlorrrrl[cc radar.
ablc hclly prrr'L ol llrrrtr t\r,r .r,l'\ ,rr t,' Ih I lll, lr rlru lrlhrg rrrpplied to the
air r()ckcts. I llA rrrrrl ( i,uII t\r,, l,tr.rrr h Nrr r
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COMMONWEALTH CA-27 AVON-SABRE (Austratia)
tfi
I ir.
First Flight: Augurt 3, 1953 Slrrglc.rert <lay flghtor
AIRFRAMIT wl,:t(;il't's i
low wings, wilh l1'swccplrrrtk. Srvcpt
back toil srrrlirtcs, wrllr l() rlrlrcrlrirl irrr
I n1t1v l.t,(XX) 16.
llrtr. trrAr rtll vtillht; 17,100 lb. t-
tailplanc. ('orrvr.rrlronrrl lrrlctrrrrr rrnrl !'t,:t{t( )llMAN('t,:
rud(lcr.'lirilpltrrrc rrrrrl rlcvrrloll lrlIerl ilil\. .\l,t(rl /(X) nt.t).11. lrl sca level,
for c<l-rlrrllrlrlctl nlovcntrnl Sloltr.rl lll,rt t'rrt,tl rltnlt l.l,(XX) lt./min.
trailing-ctlgc llrrps. I r rt vr lt. rrrrrlctr,rr r r,rgr. ,\nrtrt rttlrrtq \O,O(X)'.
with singlc wlt(.cl on r.rrr lr rrnll, Mrrirr iltt\ tttnNr l. | 1O ntilcs.
/ whecls rclll(l rrrwlrrl ltl(r lrrrclitgr lly lllllrrg n l&rlls.ltoyr.t crrginc in the F-86Ir
Nosc-wlrccl rcllt(l\ tcilwrurl. Arr llnle Sllrrr. nlrlrlrrrr., (irnrrrronwcalth Aircraft
on cach sirlc ol rcrrr lrrrr.lrge. ( r(llru ( or prrr llIlr ol Mr.llxrurnc produced an
air intokc [r nosc, wrllr r rtlrrr lrgr 111 1,"' orrlrlnrrrllrrg llghttr for tlrr l{.A.A.F, Use of
ENGINT] llrr rrrorr ;rrtrr.rlrrl trrginc involvcd extensive
One ('ortln,,rrrvctrlllr lrrrrll l{ollr l{orr r. rr.rlrrlgn ol th. lrrrclngt, including provision
Avon 2(r lUtl)0,c|, lrte(l lt /,1(t(t llr r I ol I llrgcr nlr lrrllkr. A ctnnon armament
Fuel tttnks rrr lrrsclrr;1c. I rr'o or lorrr wlr-llro lrrrlnllcrl lrr plncr of thc original
rttru hlnr. gtrrrr.
underwing jcllrsr[[rlrlc trrrrIr. lhr. prototlpe rrrrl llrrt 22 production Avon-
ARMAMI.:N'I' |lllrrr.r lrlrl lnrprrrlerl Avrlr RA.7 turboiets
Two 3o-nrrtr. Arlcn errrrrr,rrr rrr rrrlr.r ol lrrl rr.lrlrrr.rl ilrr. Srlrr.'s lenrling-rdge sltrts.
fuselagc. Urrrlcrwrrrl4 llllt( lrn('ltl lor llrctr. rrrlrlr[tr.r nr.rr. rlesigrrnlrd Mk. 30.
two Sitlcwirttlcr rrrlrir rerl llt lo rlr nl1 I lr.r nrrr lollonr.d |ty Z(l Avon-Sabre
siles, or lw() l,(XX) llr. lrorrrlrr rrr ,',1 rrl Nll. tlr nlth ( orrrurorrntnlth-built Avon 20
lo-groun(l r()ckcls. luxl- wlllr lh. rlrtr rr.plrt.r.rl bv crtcnded wing
lrn(lln[ rtlgri. lirrlrre rlr.rrllv, ( irmmonwealt[
DIMENSIONS Irlrr. prorlrrcr.rl n lolll ol ('(, Mk. 32s, to which
Wing span: J7' l', l t.u1;th. t l i . llrr. rhrvc (lxlrt npph. 'l lrcsc aircraft are
Height: 14' 5". ll rnx rutrr: tl.) rrt. lr lx.hrg rrpllcrrl pr,'grr.rslrr.lv rilh Australian-
ll/heel tack: U' 4'. hrllt l\llrngr.r.
l(t
coNvAtR F-t02A DELTA DAGGER (U.S.A.)
First Flight: Octobcr 24, 1953 Single-seat all-weather lnterceptor

AIRFRAMT' I)IMI.]NSIONS
Mid-sct rlclta wirrgs, witlr (r() swccphire k. ll'in1i .rytn: ltl' I 1". Lengrh: 68, 3,,.
Dclla lin lrrrl rrrrlrler. No tirrlpl;rrc. l.l r.i*hr. 2l . 2)". t4 ins area: 661.5 sq. ft.
Elcvon corrlrol srrrlirr.cr, crrr lr iri lwo ll h', 1 rnttA; 14' 21".
scctions, 0rr wirrg lilrrllrr14, ctlgcr. I rrllrrrc ll hrtlharr; 22' 41".
arr rllakc ()n ct(lt srrlc ol lirselrrge rrrrrlcr wt,:l(;il't'
cockpil. l rir'yrlc llt(lcteltnltla(., wrtlr Ittu t. tttl'r-rtll x?,rflr/.. approx. 27,000 lb.
_ singlc wltccl orr t.:rr lr rrnrt. Mtrrrr wlrt.cls
rctrilct inwnr(l irrt0 lirsclrrgc. Nose wlrccl I'l,llll;( )ll MAN('l,l
rctrilcts lilrwrtr(1. I rrc t.orrlrol rrrtllr rrr ll'r1 ttttttl tl25 rn.p.h. (Mach 1.25) at
nosc. l.trrgc l)lt\lcr lrrirrrrg orr r.lrlr srrlt. la,.(x){}
of rcur lirsclrrgc. .\'rryitr" ctilitR : 54.000'.
BNGINI' 'lhc l)eltt l)rgg(.r wtls lhc tirst production
Onc l)rirll & Wlrrtrrcy,l5/ I' t{ trrrlrojct, rtr.rojrllrrr. to lrlvr lt 1rinched-i; . Coke-
ratcd itt lO,()(X) lb.\.t. rlry rrrrrl I 7,(XX) llr s t. lxrllk" frrrr.llgr., rk.slgncd in accordance xith
with rclrcrrt. lrrcl lrrrrhs rrr wrrrgr nrrtl thr. Arrll l{ulr, lo r.nnbk. it lo flv faster'fhan
in l'usclagc irll ol wr.rrporr lrrryr. ( rrrr r.rrry thr, rpurl of rourrrl. lhc lnrge, blisters on
a jctlrsottitl)lc lrrt.l ltrrrh rrrrrlt.r t.trr lr rvrlg rlelr rkle ol lhr. ttll trr(. psrt of this area-
ARMAMIIN'I' rrrllrrg. I lrr I lught.s M(;-10 fire-control
rndrr h lhlr lo lly lhc olrcrlft automatically
Main arrtrnrrrcnt ol \tr I ltrglrr.s I rrlr orr lownrrlr lhr. ttrr*et trflrr lhc pilot has taken off,
infra-rctl ritrlitr lrorrrrrrg rrr lo lur rn\\tli.\ lnrl llrr.thr nrnln nrntrtnlont automaticalli
earricd inst(lc lltrec prrrrrllcl we,r;rrrr lrryr whrn tlx. ttrr*rt ls wlthln rungr. About 1,fi)0
in l'usclagc. Mrssrlt.r rrrt' r.rtt.rrrlt.rl lor l)r'lll -l)nggrrr wr.rc huill, including some
firing whcn tlrc werrporr l)ly (loot\ op(.n. l, tll2A lw(,-s(atl rlurrl-prrrpose lrainer/
Twenty-lbur 2 75- lolrlrrrg lrrr ror kctr _l
lllhtr,rr. Mlny squndrons nie in service
are carried in lubcs hrrilt irrlo tlrc tloors. wlth thc I I.S.A.t,.
I8
CONVAIR F-IO6A DELTA DART (u.S.A.)
First Flight: December 26, 1956 Single-seat all-weather i nterceptor

AIRFRAME lk,ighr: 21)' 31". Wing orea: 631.3 sq.ft.


Mid-set tlclta wirrgs. wirh 60 swccpbirck. llhrcl rrtck: l5'51".
Square-top lirr :rrrrl rrrrltlcr. No tirrlFlrurc. ll'htrtlny,: 24' l r".
Elevon corrlrol srrrlirccs, caclr irtt lwo
sections. orr wing lnrrling-etlgcs. I rrglrrc wr;t(;il't'
atr rntakc <ln cirr'lr sitlc ol l'rrrcllrgt. irrst Mu.t. rukc-oll t'ci14ht: over 35,000 lb.
forward ol winll lcirtlrrrg-crlgcs.'l'rrcytlc
undcrcitrriitBc, wrtlr srrrglc wlrccl orr rilrt.lr I't,lRtf( )RMAN('tt
maitr urril arrrl twrrr rrorc. wlrccls. Mrrrrr httt..tpt,,,l; ovcr 1.4O0 rn.p.h. (Mach 2.12.1
wheels rc(rilct irrwirrtl irrto lirsclirge . Nort.. :rt l(,.(xx)'.
whccls rctracl lirrwirrtl. I irc t.olrtrol ,\'trritr t ciling: ovcr 50,000'.
radar in n()sc. /lrrrrgr,. :rpprox. 1,500 milcs.
ENGINE
Onc Pralt & Wltitne y .175 l' l7 lltrl)()tct. Ihe l)cltn lhrl is n nruch improved and more
ratcd al 17,5(X) llr.r.t, rlry rrrrtl .14.1O() llr r t. powtrlul rk.vr.krprncnl of tha Delta Dagger
with rchcltl. ( itrr r'rrrry l lcllt\('nllrl(. litrl rrul wur orlglnllly dcsignated F-102B. Its
tank undcr cnclr win11. lluglru MA I llrc-conlrol radar is the most
rrlvnrrul vr.l llttetl to uny U,S.A.F. fighter
ARMAMI.]N'I' ln u.rvftr. lrrtl culr lly lhe aircraft automatic-
rllv tlrrorrBlrrnrl ln ltrlcrccplion sortie, receiving
One Douglas M ll I ( icrric nut lcrrr. llr lnrlru( lhrni front l ground radar network.
warhca(l air-lo-nir rrrissilc nrtrl scvcnrl 'Ihe l:.S.A.lr. Air l)cfrnsc Command uses
Hughes Supcr l,:rleorr lrorrrrrrg Itr to lur bolh lhr.slngle-sent l,'-106A and the two-seat
missiles irr wcapon-trly irr lirsclrrgc. l,' l(l(rll dunl-purposo irainer/fighter. An
DIMENSIONS It l116A htkl lhe world speed record of
1,525'95 nr.p.h. firr ncarly iwo years, from
ll/ing span: 38'11". Irngrh: 70' ll)" l)r.crnrlrcr 15, 1959 until tftc autuinn of 1961.
DASSAULT OURAGAN (France) Single-seat day fighter
First Flight: February 28,1949

AIRFRAME t)tMt,tNst()NS
Low-wing,swcgrtbrrck :rt l4 Slrlllrtly ll itq .tpttrt' with tanks. 43' 2".
swept tail srrrlirccs, urtlr l;rrlPllrne ilt()ililtc(l I tngtlt 15' .1".
part-way Ull lin. ( 0rtvcillrorlrl ;rrlt.rorrs, llrtyltt I l' 1'. ll'ing or<,t: 252 sq. ft.
llh,tl rr,ttl '/'5".
elevalors trrrtl rrrrltlt'r. Splrt lllrps. Arr
brakc ott clrt lr srrlc ol rt.ttr lirst.lrr1lr..
Tricyclc trrrtlertrrrrrir11c, litlr srrllle ulrr.r.l \\ t,.t( it t't s "d\ ;*i_
on cach trtit. Mlrrrr wlrct ls t( tt:t( I ln\!lu{l I rttltrr t),1 ll lb.
itrto lusclagt'. Nosc wlrt.t.l tctt;trt\ lr)r Mrtt. tttlr,rtll u'tight: 1.1,575 lb.
wartl. ( ircrrlrtl clll|lre iur rrrllrLc rrr rrrr..r.
t,t.:t{ tr( )R t\t,,\ N( '1,;

ll,rt t1t,,.rl 5ll,l rrr.p.lr. at sca level.


BNGINI.] ll,tt r'rrt rtl r.lrrtrlt 7,5(X) l't.7rnirr.
Onc llolls-l{rry!e N( r( tltl)(),(.t, lrrrrlt lry I rr,lttr,ttt, r. /-) rrrrrr
HispattO-Srrtzrr rrrrtl rir{r'rl it 1,(l(X) llr', I

Fucl (artks rr $rrfl\ ;rrrrl rt rrtrr' lrr.,r.l.r1'r. I'lrsl lirr.rrr.lr.rk.sigrrrrl jci lightcr to enter
Atlditional lrrel rr rrrrli trl) tilrl., llr11r' rcrrh' Drorlrr(liorr,thc ()uragan (Hurri-
({rr') rrr.nl irrlo sr.rvicr in 1952. A total of
l{l) rrr.rr. lrrrilt, ol which 104 evcntually went
ARMAMI.]N'I' lo lrxlln rrrrl ll5 to lrrltl, in which countries
Four 20-tttrtr. (itt1n(ln rr rrrrst ol lrrrr'l,rgqr' llrr'v rtrnulrr in lirsl-line servicc as fighter-
Attaclllcnl\ ttrrrlt r rvrr1i.. lot It' ilr l(l lrrrrrlx.rr. I lre lldinn nantr for the Ouragan
stlrfacc roelcl\. lrrrrrrlrr. t lt . ls I rxrllrrl.
:'I:
i{
DASSAULT MYSTTRE IV-A (Francc) Sirrglc-seat day fighter
First Flight: September 28, 1952

AIRF'RANII.; l)l\ll,.NSt( )NS


Low-nrtl wtrUls, rrrt lrtlr;r( k ,tl .lo \ / ll trtt' st,,trt ll' 5l l trtgrh; 42 1!".
SwcptbaeL t:rrl,,rrrl.rLr..,. rrrtlr t.rrlpl,rrrr. ll, ttlrr I I \ ll irttl rtrctt. 344 sq. fi.
nlotllltf(l ll:trl \\I! il| lilt ( orrrr'iltriln,rl
ailcr,rttr. rr,l.l( r .lr,l .l,lrr rr.rrlrrrr' ,,1t,
lirl'5 \ll rrr,,r rrr' r.rll'l.ur, l r r, 1, I,
untlcrcltrrr;r1i,. urtlr '.rrr1.1,. rrltr.r'l 0rr ,.r, lr
Ilnil. Mltttt rrl!, 1. r( lr,l( I Ir\\.U(l ilrt,,
\\
lllt,,l rr,t,/, lO

il 'r
t,.t ( ,1
I tttt,rt I'il)o llr
l^(

{rfi&
f-usclagr. Nrr,r' rrll r I r( tr,r, I t,)r\\.ilt1 \l,t t r,tl , ,ttl rt trltt lr',5 l5 lb.
Clircular itir ltlitIt lr r,r.,r' .\rr lrr.rf, ,'l
eilch si(lc ()l t(,1 lu,,( l,ll,i' I'l lt I ( )lt \t ,\ \( t,.

EN(;tNt,l \/,/ \ ,1',,,l r,()\ 111 11 11. at \ca lcVel


( Nl r, lr o ',1 l
Otte IltsDlrrro Srrrr.r \r'r,l,rrr lio trrl',,t, I \l t, , rr, ,,/ , ltttrl, S.li\0 ll. ntin.
ratc(l itt 7./lt' ll' I I rr, I rrr rrr,,, .ro,l \,,,,,r,,/, rt,lttt trt,, 'O lun. I
. ,,,1
l'rrselirgc lrtrrL,,. illtlr t,'t.ll ,,rl,.r( rr\ i,l
572 glrl. l'r,rrr..r,,rr t,,r rr ,.\tr.r .'", 1..,1
ilt twtt tttttltrrrrrl t.lrl llrr lrrrt r".,',"r
"l tlrr'\lvslt'rt'to strvt with
'i
llrr I rr rrr lr \rr I orr.r. rrrs llrt. ll (1. lt was .l
ARMAI\II.]N'I' Iollosrrl lrr tlrr \lrsterr.l\ A. lrith thinner
Two l0 rlu. l)l I \ , rrrr,,rr ,rrtl .r t,.r, l. \rtrt.,. ,.r,.rtr r \sr'(.lrl);t(-l :urrl :l rltore powerful I,Il
of 55 ur)Aur(lr'tl ,rr t,, .rrr rr,, l, r. rr , \ltol,r.tlrr.r ,l2l l\ \s werc built. of I
l-ttsclagc. IJrrrlt rrrilrrl ril.r, lilr, rt.. tdr ts,, "'''nr'
rrlrrrlr rlrr lrr.,r \tt lr;rrl rrrr llisprn0-Suiza Tay I
I,000 lb. borrrl's. N.r1,.11111 Lrrrl.,. t\\,'
clustcrs ol \l\ .lI lil t:rr)[|(l r", Ir.t., ,'r l\tl trrrl,ogr.t, r:ri(.11 :rl orrlr (r,280 Ib.S.t, A :11

two MA I I{A cort,rrrrcr',, r.,ri lr lrorr,rrrlq


l9 UrrgLtitictl iUr l() iil, r{r( l(.t,,
lot.rl ')l I l() r\(.rr (.\port(.rl lo Indir and 60 to
lsr;rr'l
.1 ""i
rl
DASSAULT SUPER MYSTERE B-2 (France)
First Flight (Super Mystdre B-l
): March 2, lgSS Si ngle-seat day fighter

AIRFRAME l)lMt,tNSt()Ns
Low-mid wings. swcDtlr:rt k rrl 45 ll itq .spttrr 14' 5J". Length: 46, l,',
Swcpfback tlrrl srrrl;rtcs. u rtlt t;rrlIl;rrrt. ll,.rrhr; 15' 1". lVing oreo: 377 sq. ft.
mounlctl parl-wity ltp lin. Wrrrlls llrve
' dog-lootlt' lt'ltrltrtl', r'rlges. ( orrrr.rrtrrrrr;rl \\'lilt(;t il s
ailcrorrs, rrrrlrlr.r ;rrrrl splil lr:ulrrr1l r.rlplr. I rtrtttt I 5,4(X) lb.
flaps. All-ruor rrrg t:rrlPlrrrre . I ir, y. lr. trlrt t. rtrLt-oll vright 22,050 tb.
undcrcarrr;tgt, wrllr
unit. Mitrrr wlrer.ls
srrr;11t. wltt.r.l olr r.,r, lr
ltil( I rrs;tr(l rrl()
re I't,.rt l,r )tt t\t AN('t,l '**-n.**.
-
fusclagc. Nost' l te lrit( l\ re:lr\\,tr(1.
wltt.e I l,r r rp,'trl 1 15 nr.p.h. ar 36,000'
Flattcrrctl iltr l)lirkc ul l{)\('. Arr lrrrhr. (lVlrrrlr I ll).
on cacll sitlc ol rclrr lirst.lrrpir.. Al,tt rrttt ,t/ t Itrtrh. 17,5(X) ft./ntin.
ENGINIi \t trtt t tt tlrnj! 55.775'.
Ono SNlr( M,A Atiu lol(; l turlrot(.t, li,rlr', t,{lOrrrrlcs.
rated ill (),7(|O llr.., t $,rtlr rr.ll.rrt l,rrr llrr' prolollpr. Srrper Myslirc B-l was
vision lirr (llyllll r\lt.t lrt(.lt:tl lrr.l
instcatl tll r()r'[( l l)itr I, ir', wr.ll tr., r'rtr.rrr.rl rhrlllrrr.rl rrs rr rrrrrr.h*irrrpr{)yed and more
tan ks. grrrrr.r lrrl rlr.rr.loprrtr.rrl ol' the Mystire IV,
ARMAMIiN'I' rrillr rr l{olls l{r}}(.(.Ayr)n RA.7 turbojet. It
TwO -10-rttrrr. I)l I A t illrol rr lrrrttorrr ,rl pr'rlrl lrprrlrlr. ol suptrsorric speeds in level
fusclagc, l)lu\ itn ltle l nitl l.rr l* ol li ,lr llrght rrrrrl tlrr ll 2 lersiOn dcscribed above,
to-air uttgttrtlcrl ror lr.t.. Ail.rr lrrrrr.rrt, rrillr r l,rr.rrclr (.nl:in(., wls ordcred for the
undcr wings lirr lwrr MA ll{n .ur to.ur I'rtrrr lr \lr l,orr.r., Altogclher, Iive pre-
guidcd rrrissiles, tw() l.(X)() llr lrornlr',, L'
air-to-surlircc roekels or tw() l)it(h., (orl prrrlrrcliorr rrrrrl lll(l prrxlrrriion Super Mystire
taining a totirl ol lll irir to :rrr rrrrpurrlr.rl ll lr rrr.rr.ltrrllt, in(.lu(ling l2 for the Israel
rockets. Alr liorce.
DASSAULT ETENDARD lV-M (France)
First Flight: May 21, 1958 Slnglo-scat naval day flghtcr

AIRFRAME t)tMt,:Nst()Ns
Mid-wing witlt 45" swccplrrrtk. Swcpt ll tns .t1nn' ll' 6". Length: 47' 3".
back tail srrrlirccs, willr lrrilplrrrrc nrorrrrlcrl llrlght l4' 1". ll'ing urut: 312 sq. ft.
part-way up lin. Wirrgs lrIvc rlrooIrrrg
'dog-tooth' lcrrrlirrg ctlgcs nrrrl lirhlrrg Wli:l(,;ll'l'
tips, insct lilcrorrs rrrrrl lrrrilirrg ctlgc llirpt. llut. trttr oll x'rishr; 22,41t,5 lb.
One-piccc ttll-nrovirrg lrrilplrrrrr.. I r icyt lc
undercarriagc, witlr singlc wlrccl on crrt lr l'1,:ll lt( )l{ M A N('1,:
unit. Muitr utttls rclilrel illwrril ilrl(r f lir r \frll / l l lrr.p.lr. at 36,000'
(Mrtr h I OX).
fuselage. Nosc-wltccl rclrrrtlr rcnrwnrrl. Iltt\ ttutlt ll0l) rrrrlcs.
Semi-circulrtr rrrr irrlrrkc orr cnt lr rrrlc ol
cockpit. Strrhilisirrg lirr rrntk r rrorc. A lolnl ol gl) l,llrrrhrds hnvc bccn
ftrr rr,rvkr. orr lh.. ntw lirr.nrh lircraft carriers
ordered 33H
ENGINE ' liorh ' tnrl '( h.rrlr.rrer.uu.' ()f these, 69
One SNll('MA AlIr ll llllhotrl. rnlerl It wlll lr. l,te nrllrrl ! V Ms, ls dcscribed above,
9,700 lh.s.t. littrl ol /,t(r srrl. ol lrrcl rrr lor ltrln(oplktrr nnrl llghler-bomber duties.
wing tanks ern hc rrrDllcrrrflrtrrl lry lwo l hr otlrrr ll wlll lr. l,ltr.ndnrrl lV-P recon-
132-gal. untlcrwirrg lrrrrlr. IllulI|r, llghlori wllh ('tlnlerlts in their nose
rnd ln rrrnler frrrtlnge plcks. All can be fitted
ARMAMENT' wlllr r lllghl refrrr.lllng probr und can carry
Two 30-mm. I)l,lliA crrrrrron. llrrrlctwrrrg 'lnttltly pntlr ' for klrg-rnngc missions.
attachments for u to(ul ol
l,(XX) llr, ol lhllvorlrr lo lhr. lirrrrch Ntvy bcgnn in June
rockets, bombs, missilcs or l'ucl lurrkr, 1961.
DASSAULT MIRAGE lll-C (France) Slngle-seat fighter i1\,..
'-.;'..
First Flight (Mirage lll-A): May 12, 1958 .:..t, :.,. .'],-,
AIRF'RAME rrrrrsrlcr, lrorrrlrr, or potls citch containing
Low delta wing\, willr {,{}" l,l' rwecplr.tt [. up lo la! rrrrl4rrrrlcrl toekcls or a combina- l:l'.n#*+
J. ..r:;-\
Irrrrr rrl rot lclr rrttrl crtr;t litcl.
lAl)
Sweplback llt :ttttl rttrlrlct. No ltot irrrttlrtl
tail surfnccs, ljlevrttl trtttltrtl slttllttcr rrtt t)tMt,tNrit()N!.;
wing lraililtg-crlgcs. Srtr;rll,tttl't,tlr' ll tn{ rtru I I l.,'ngth: 43' 10".
abovc:tttrl bclow e.ttlt wtttl4 trettt
-I'ricyclc
lr',trlttt11 llrtllht l4' t| ll iny trt,r: -175 sq. ft.
edgc. ltttrlcttttrtt;t11c. wtlll \tttglr ll h' rlrr,r, /. l()' lo". )l htr'lhu:c: 15' 9".
wheel on citclt tttttl. Milrrl wlr('('l\ lcllrr( I wl,:t(;ll l$
inward inlo litrclrrgt'. Nrtsc rvlrccl tcltttr lr I ut1,1y ll.1\l) ll'
rearward. !icttti tir(ttlttt cil14ilt(' rtlt tttl'tlr'. l\ltr trtl,r 1'll t'rrliltt. .'/.7O1) lb.
with ptlintcrl slrotk-trtttc. otr t'ttrlr rtrlc ol
fuselagc, by cotkgrrl. l{itrlrtt ttt potttlerl t't,:|il( )lrMAN(',1,;
nosc ratlontc. l\lrt t \t'r(tl 1..[.](] rrr.P.lr. itt -16,00C'
ENGINI' ( Nt'rt lr .r'l \l (r/,OlX)'.
One SNI:( MA n lirr 'r( lrrrltotcl, r,rlltl irl \Lr rr, t, tlllrtl4
l4,ll0 lh.s.t. wtllt rcltcirl, ( rttt lx' llllerl ittt\ tttn^,t trl(l lllllC\.
with jcllisontrhlc Sl I'l{ tt,ll rtttrtltrttv Sr.vr.rrrl lrrrrulrlrl l\'llrrge llls rrc bcing bui(
rockct-cttgirtc ttttrlct tert lttrclrtyl ltt lor llr.l,renrh Alr l,rnl'. Ilrt'vcrsion already
ternal lircl crtpr(tlv lrl 1,1,r 6'rl rrrrr I e hr rrrvhr.h lht Nllrlgs lll ( dcscribed
supplcrlrctllc(l lrv lrro ttttrleluirll lr'llriilll rlxrrr. \lro lrr prorltxlIrtt rtrc lhc Mirage
able ttnks ol l l,l rtt .'ll(r g,rl r rrlrrr rly lll l, lorrl rlrrgc lrtlrrttk'r lighltr anC Mirage
each. lll ll rrr,rnrrllritrr(r llghl('r with camera-
ARMAMT],N'I' rlrrylrrg rrrl'. NllrtrRr litthltrs arc also in
One MA I RA ll.1lO nrr lo rrrr rtttrrtlr' prrrlur llorr lrrr llrr ll.A.A.lr. ( l(Xl), Swiss Air
under l'uscltrgc (tt lwit tttnrtler tttt,lr't I'orrr ( lllll), !rrnrl ( tl) rrrtl Srxrlh Africa (t6).
wings. Can hc lillc(l wllll lwo lll llrrtr f!tlrrlr lll ll lrnrlenr lwo-sutl dual-purpose
DEFA cantron ltl l(t\cllt[r. Allrt( llllrrrrl llghtu lrrlur.rr rrr lx'lng pr(xluccd for the
points under wittgs rttt(l lirsclupc lot llttcr liqxh (lo), Swlrr (l) trrtd Sr)uth African (3)
Nord AS.20 or AS. l0 nit -lo sttt llr c Alr l,orru,
to
rl
DE HAVILLAND SEA VENOM F. (A.W.) Mk. 53 (Great Britain)
First Flight (Venom): September 2, 1949 Two-seat naval all-weather fithter

AIRFRAME I)IMI.]NSI0NS
Twin-boonr liryorrt. Mi<l-sct wirrlis wrllr ll rns tpttrt; 42' 10". hngrh: 36'71",
small lcadirrg-ctlgc swccp irrrrl ;rrr irrllrlcs llttyhr' 11 6". ll'iny urta: 279 sq. ft.
in roots. 'l wirt lirrs lrrrrl rrrtltlers lrrrkcrl lrv
tailplanc ittttl clcvlrlor. ( onvcrtrorrirl wl,.l(;t I I'
ailerons arrrl splil ll:rps. lrir'ytk' rrrrrlcr
Alrrt tttl,t,'ll t,tixht: 15,9(X) lb.
carriagc, willl srrIlc rvlrt'r'l orr cirllr rrrrrl.
Main wlrccl tclril(l\ ()ulIiurl rrrlo rvrlg,.
Nosc-whccl rclrrel\ rc:rwrr(1. ll;rrl.rr rr I'l,:til()trMAN( r,l

nose. Oulcr wurg\ lolrl rrpuirrrl rrrrrl Ilrtt t1t,,,rl \(rI nr.p.lr. lrl sca level.
inward lilr sl()wirftc. lllrtt rrttr' rtl t lrrttlt; 4,85O lt./min.
.\rr yrr t r r'tlrrtr' 17,(XX)'-

ENGINE
One dc llirvillirrrrl (ilrorl l(l.l turlr(rt('t.
rated at 4,tt50 llr.s.l. lnlcrrr;rl lrrel t,rrrhr
Allhrrrglr lhc St.r Yr.rrorn lr. (4.W.) Mk. 22
in fusclagc anrl wrrrl:s. plrrs crtcrrr.rl t.rrrL (llhr\lrnlrd) h rro lrrrgcr in lirst-line service
on each witrg-ttp. tr llh thr. lloyrrl Nrvy, tlrr Royal Australian
Nrr1, ir sllll opcrrliug its No. 805 Squadron
ARMAMENT rrl Sr.r \crrorrr li. (4.W.) Mk. 53s. Also in
Four 20-mnr. cittln()n nr lorvcr lrrrclrrllr' trrvlle rrr. slngk. sr.rrl Vcnont F,B.4 and
Provision for carryrrrpi lxrrrrlrs irrrrl ror hels l,.ll.5ll llIhlrr lxrrrrlx'rs, rvilh thc Vcnezuelan
under wings. rrrl Swln Ah l,olcr.s rt.sprclivcly.
tl
''::lir

DE HAVILLAND SEA VIXEN (Great Britain) J':


.1
First F|ight: September 26,19Sl Two-seat naval all-weather fighter '1

AIRFRAME rockcts. Irvcnty-cight 2" rockets carried


Twin-boonr layorrl. Mitl-sct wings witlr in t\{o rclractlblc packs in bottom of
40' swccnb:rck. I*in lrril-lirrs rrrc rrr I rrsrIrrgc.
tegral with brtotns lutrl rrrc ioirtt'rl hv l l)lMt,tNSl()Ns
high-sct lrrilpllrr('. ( ()rvcnli()nrrl rrrlclorrs, ll rrtrl spttrt \\\'. Itngfh: 53' 6!".
ruddcrs lrrttl I oulcr Illrps. All rrror in1 //r'1.,/rl rrppr or. I l '.
tailplanc, llrc rc:rr por liorr ol rr lrrt lr rs ll rrtrl rtrt rt: (r4ll st1. 11.
tlcllcctcd ul)\\':r(l s('l).uirlr'l! lo ;rlorrl lrrrrr ll hr, l rr rtr l' . l1 )\".
changcs rrlterr llr<' lirrps ;rrc lout'rtrl.
'l)og-toollr' rrrnli lr';rrlrrr'tt'ri|<'s. Al lv!,j(;t il s .ANt) t,tiRt-oRMANCE
Scr r r'l
intakcs irr \riryl r()o1.,. I rrr'lrlr' rrrr,lcr
carriitgc, rrillt stttgle rrltecl rrrr c:r( lr unrl. 'q i
Main rvlrecls rclrir(l rr\\:il(l ilrlr) \\ilrlt.,
Nosc-wltccl rclr.r(l\ r(;u\\.1,1. I,rrlir',rrr
lrr its orillirr:rl lirrrrr, as the I).11. I 10. this air- '-.#.
cr:rll rr:rs rlr.sigrrtd in conrpctition rvith the ,

brakc ttttrlct tt'trlrc lrrrt llrllt'. I rrt r orlrol .l:trt.lirr irs arr all-rvr.allrrr lighter for the
rarlar in ttosc. l{..\.1,. ll rr:rs srrbsrr;ucntly adapted for
crrr r ir.r lr:rsr.rl drrlit.s, and the lirst fully
ENGINI'S
'l'wo llolls l{r,rrr' \rorr Nll. .'(ll{ trrlro rlcrtlolx rl Sr.:r Vircn lr. (4.W.) Mk. I for the
jcts. I trcl itt rrttry",.rrrrl rrr l.rrrl,,,,rrrr,rrrrrrl l{otrrl Nrrr\ lkrl orr Ntarch 20, 1957, with
ing rtir tttl;tLc rlrr, t, ( ,ilr (.lrr\ l\\r, loklirrli rrirrlis lirr sloulgr. on board ship and
150-gal. rrrrtlerurrt'. t,url,. I lrlllrt rr'lrrr'l
ling probc ()rl l)()rl \\rlli
ARMAMITIN'l'
ollrr lcrrlrrres for rr:rval operation. This
r r.r siorr lrr.t irrrrr. lronl-lirrc e quipment with
Nrr ll{)l Srlrrrrrlrorr orr .lrrlv 2, 1959 and is now
tlrt Nrrr r's slrrrrrllrrl rll-rvcitthcr interceptor.
€w
.<
--1
{r.{
No guns. Iorrr rrD,l, rrrrrr,l .rll.r( lIr( ilt I lrl rrrr 1,. (.\.W.) l\lk. 2 version has
, '
>r<.
lbr Fircstrclrk irrllrr.rc,l rr to ilr rrrrr.,rlr".. rrrlrrrrrr.rl l{r.rl Iop rrrissilt.s and cxtra fucl
500-lb. bonrbs, clustcrs ()l sl\ :rr l() 1r()nr(l lxnk\ ril tlrr. liorrl ol ils tail bo0ms- which t
rockets or packs ()l lwcnlv liIrr ,1" ril lo .[r |otrr:tttl ol llt('lrinE lcading-edges.
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DOUGLAS F-6A SKYRAY (U.S.A.)
igSl
First Flight: January 23,
Single-seat naval all_weather fighter
AIRFRAME WEIGI{TS
M.id-se_t wings ol' nrorl ilictl tlcl l:r plrr rr lorrn. Lntprr; '16.024 lb.
with elevon conlrol srrrlirccs oli lr;rilirrg- lllur. rulic-oll waitlhr:
edges. Lclrdirrg-erlgc ll:rP orr rr111q1 q1111,r. 27.OOO lb.
the tips ol wlrrt lr lirlrl rrp li,r .tou.r1r.. l,t,){tr()R MANCE
Sweptback lin rurrl rurltlcr. No ltorizoritrrl

fs
tail surlirccs. Air lrr:rlcs:rltovc lrrrrl lrclol, ll,tr..tl,,r'tl: 7lJ nr.p.h. at sea level
rear ol' wittg rools. Air ittl:rkt'r rrr rr lrr lNi.r(h l)')st. 6() I 6.p.[. rt 36,000,
roots- l ricyelc rlrrlcreirr r ilrlic rvttlr srrrlilt: (M,rr lr I l)5r.
wheel on clrclr rrrrrl. M:trrt wlrccls rt.lrrrr I
llIrtt. r'tttt'-oI tIizrlr.. Itil,000 ft./min. "t
rearwitrtl inlosrrrlir Nosq rrll1.ql 11.q1,q. 1, ,\, r Itr r' r'r,r/rar: -55,(XX)'.
forwartl, l{lrtl;rr rr r,rr.. l\lrtr. r'rrrt.r1t: 950 nlilcs.
ENGINE
One.l)ratt & Wlritrrcy.l\7 l, l{ llrl)ot(.t.
rated at l4.5OO ll).s.t. rvillr rt.lrc:rt. t,i,, llolh prototvpt' \lf.ll) ls llcw originally with
vision lilr lw() -l5O;1rrl. rrrrrlr.rrrrrrl, luel 5,lXX) lb.s.t. Allisrm .1.15_A_17 engines, but
tanks. nerr lrrter re-r.rrgincd with thc Westinghouse
ARMAMENl' \.1.1() rrorrnd rvhich thc Skyray had been
Four 20-nrnr. cltrrrrorr irr urrrlqs. r\ltrrr lr rh'silincrl. Wherr tlrc .1.10 programme was
ments.under wirrgs irrrrl t rrsr.llrllt. tor lrorrrlr.,, rrlrrrndorrrl, it rv:rs dccidcd to fit pratt &
Sidewindcr inllir-rcrl ilt t(l ilt rrrrr.rler, !\'lritrrey .157 r.nginr.s in production machines,
pods ol l9 air-to-irir r()rkcts, (.t(
lh. llrst ol rrhich llcw on .lune 5, 1954. The
DIMENSIONS .ll(fth,,,,,; lrrsl Skyray was delivered on t
".4
.a". ., .,

lling.span: 33' 6". I.cnsrh: 45' 8.1-. 22, li)Sll, but thc type remains in
l)r'r.r.rrrhr.r.
Height: 13'. ll/in1s urt'u: 557 stl. it. servict. on lxxrrd r.trricrs of the l-1,S. Navy.
.l(r
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ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIcHTNING (Great Britain) ,sf,f
'h$: .

First Flight: August 4,1954 Single-seat interceptor


BT
AIRFRAME I)IMI'NSIONS
Mid-set wings, with 6O swccpback. Ail- ll ing .rpun. 34' lO". Length: 55' 3".
erons across tiDs at right-anglcs lo lirsclirlgc. Ilrithr: 19' 7". lling or<'a: 380.t sq. ft. s..
Delta lin arrtl rrrtl.ler. I os-scl {)nc-l)t(((. llhctl tntclt: l2'9!". il .

all-nroving tailplltnu ol sarrrc plarrlirrrrr irs WI.:I(;I I'I'S ANI) PERFORMANCE


wings. Lttrgc rgrltl ll;tPr ttr lwo sc\lr(l)\ Sccrcl.
'Iht'
on each wing. ( rrctrlrtr;tir rrtlltke trt ltosc, l,ightning has bcen gradually replacing
with {irc-cotttrol nrtllrr in l)orlle(l ccltrc lhr honrc-bastd llunter and Javelin inter-
body.'l'ricyclc urrtltrtirrrritgc, witlr srrrlllc crplors ol- R.A-1,. Fighter Command since the
whccl orr caclr rrrrrl. Miln wllcrl\ rclrit( l Surrrrrrt.r of 1960. lhc original P. lA pro-
outward irtto wrngs. Norc-wlrcel rcllrrls lolrpes hr(l Arntstrong Siddeley Sapphire
fo rwa rd. lrrrlxri(.ls rnd lackcd the armament and
l.r.rrrnti Airptss lire-control radar fitted to
ENGTNES llrt' prrxlrrtliorr vrrsions, 'l'he data above
Two Rolls-l{oytt' Avrrrt 210 trrrlrojtts. rppll lo llrt l.ighlnirrg h. Mk. I and F. Mk.
each ratctl ',,14..llO llr.s.t. witlr rclrcirt. lA rrhielr rquipped Nos. 56, 74 and lll
staggcrc(l onc irl)(l\'e tlr( ()tller lrr lrrscl:r1ir.. Srlrrlrlrons bv the Sunrnrcr of 1961, They
Lowcr cngirtc ts lot wltrtl ol- rrppe r one . Iravr.lrt'r.rr ti)llorvo(l in production by the
Fuel in wings. llrrps lrrrl untler lirsellrlir' irrrprovr.d 1.. l\lk. 2 nnd l.'. Mk, 3; the latter,
blistcr tank. with l(r,0(X) lb.s.t. AvOn 3O0-series engines
trrxl lh(. rk. llrvillarrd Red Top infra-red
ARMAMENT Irorrrirrg rnissilt', shorrld bc the finest all-
Two 30-tlrn. Atlcrt grtrrs llrurrlctl on rrr.rrllrr.r fightr.r in lhc nrrrld, with a speed of
cach side of cocktrit. I wo rlc llirvrllirrrrl 1,5(Xl nr.p.h. lnd rciling of wcll over 60,000 ft.
Firestreak inl'ra-rcrl air to rrr rrussrlt.s orr Alro irr scrvicr. is lho l.ighining T. Mk. 4, a
pylons each sidc ol'lirsclirgc, ()t' lwo rr()rc sklt'-bv-sirle lwo-sr:tl lraincr which retains
Aden guns, camcra packs or lbrly-cigllt 2' lhc full rlrrnilntrnl 1lnd equipment of the
air.to-air rockets. lighlcr. I,

3lJ

11.",.S
FIATG9IR(ltaly) Single-seatreconnaissance-fighter
First Flight: August 9,1955

DIMENSIONS t;4r'1r
AIRFRAME
Low-set wings. swcptback at I7". Swcpt- ll/irtg spun: 28' l". Length: 33' 9", [{r '11*l .
back tail surfaccs. ('onvcnlional ailcrorrs, ll(i,(ht: 13' l"- Wing area: 176'7 sq. ft. ii;'
elevators, rurltlcr and slot(c(l llitps. wlil(;t t't's t'li '
Variable-incitlcrrcc tirilpllrrrc. Iwo rrir- l.nrptv: 6,700 lb.
brakes sitlc-by-sitlc tttttlcr ccttlrc-litsclrtgc. [\.ltt. ttkt-oll n'tight: | 1,465 lb.
'Chin ' air irtllrkc rrtttlct n()sc-e()rtc.
Tricycle undcrcrrrrirrtic. wilh sirrglc rvlrcel I'1..1{ Ii0lt t\t,\\( F.
on each unil. Mirirr rvlrcels rclr;rcl irtrvrtrrl l\l rr t . .rltr,tl: 66ti m.p.h. at sea level
into fustlage, Nosc-rvlrccl rclrircls rcirt ( M:rch O ltl{)-
ward. Al tt t. rrttc-olrcliarb: 6,000 ft./min.
ENGINE lhe lrill (;91 rvirs thc winning desigr in the
One Fiat-brrilt llr istol Sirlrlclcy ( )rplrcrrs
lirsl eorrrptlilion lo produce a standardised
80302 turtroict, r;rlc(l irl 5,{XX) llr.s.l.
rrrililirrl'rircrall for usc by NATO air
Fuel tanks irr lirscl:r'lt'clrrr lrc srrpplt'rncrrlctl
forees. liirrl rect'ived contracts for three
prolr)lyp(.s :rnrl 27 prt-production exainples
by underwing tirrrls. rrI lhe lrrrsir'(;91 singlc-seat tighter and
r.vrlrrrlirrn of lh('sr hy thc Italian Air Force
ARMAMEN'I' lrr.grrr irr lir.lrrrrrrv 1959. No more of this
Four 0'50" ( oll-llrorvrrirrli ttrrclttrtc version hrs lrr.t'n ordcrcd, but the Italian
guns (C9l antl (i9l ll/l) rtt lrro l{) rrtrt,. A ir l,or<'r. is crlrripping with 50 G9l R/l
cannon ((i9lIt/.1) irt lirst'lrrlit'. I otrt reconrrlissrner'-lightcrs, with both armament
underwing attilchrncnls lor rr tol;rl ol rrrd errrnrrrs, rrrrd .10 (i9l'l'/l tandem two-seat
1,500 lb. of bontbs, lirttt Notrl 5lol rrrr trrrirrr.rs. I h. (iernran Air liorce is equipping
to-air missilcs. l2 lrrrgc ;ur lo-stttlrtec rrillr 50 (J9lll/.1s,50 G9lR/4s M
rockets, a total ol'l(X) rrir-1o-irir roekcls ()r (i9ll/.ls lruilt by liili, plus another
^nd 294
machine-gun pods. (J9l lt/-ls prorlutt'tl in (Jcrmany. e:r'
40
r' rf,
trur'l
FOLLAND GNAT (Great Britain) Single-seat light fighter
First Flight: JulY l8' 1955

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Shoulder'wing, sweptback at 40" Swcpt-
Wins snan: 22'2". Length: 29'9".
back tail surfaces, with one-piecc tqilplanc
Htiphi: 8' lO". Wins ilrea: 136'6 sq. ft.
l4'h)it! track: 5' 1", l/r'heclbasc: 7' 9".
low-set on fuselage' Ailerons arc otr
inner wings and can bc droopcd to opcratc
as flaos. Whccl fairing doors act as alr- WEIGHT
biakei whcn undcrcairiagc is partially Mu.t'. roka-o.lJ weigftr: 8,885 lb.
lowered in flight. Tricyclc undcrcarrtagc'
with single main whccls arid twin nosc-
wheels. -All units rc(ract rcarwartl itrto PI.]RI.'oRMANCE
fuselage. Air irrtakc on citcll sidc tll' Mu.t. spt't'r!: 695 m'p.h. at 20,000'
fuselage aft ol' cockpit. (Mrch 0 9tl).
l+4u:. rurr-ol"tlinrb: 20,000 ft./min.
,\rritr cdliug: ovcr 50,000'.
ENGINE Mttr. rnluntntr': 2 hr. l0 min.
One Bristol Siddclcy C)rpltctts 701 trrrlrojct. 'llrr' (,lrral r(prcscnts a gallant pioneering
rated at 4,520 lb.s.r. 'lolitl ol 20o gal. ol' trll('nilrl lo rerlricc tht size, cost and complexit'y
fuel in fusclagc tttrrks. l)rovisiort lirr lwo of thri hilh-pcrlirrmancr iet fighter. Twelve
66-gal, underwing jctlistlrtitlllc tltrks. were lxrutthl iry liinhnd and two by Yugoslavia,
lxrl lht irnlv er)unlry to display any major
lnlcr(.rl ln tlit (inat is lndia, which has bought
ARMAMENT 25 tnrl prrls firr t5 more, and is also buildjng
Two 30-mm. Adcn catrtrotr nloulltc(l in lhc nircinfl lnd its engine under licence. The
air intake fairings. Undcrwing attach- sorncwhrl lorger tandem two-seat Gnat
ments for two 500-lb. bonrbs or l2 air-to- 'lrulncr ls bctjtxning the R.A.F.'s standard
surface rockets. rdvunccd lruining machine.
42
GLOSTER METEOR F. Mk. 8 (Great Britain)
First Flight: March 5, 1943 Single-seat day fighter

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Low unswept wings. Unswcpl tail strr- Wirtg.,spon: 37' 2". Length: 43, 6,,.
faces, with tailplanc mid-s6t orr tin. lltiKht: lS IO'. Wins ar,,a: 350 so. ft_
Convenl.ional ailcrons, clcvators. ruddcr Whel truck: lO'5". ltt'heelbasc: lr3" 4".
and split trailing-cdgc flaps. Air-brakcr wl{cHTS
above and bclow wings ncar trailing-c(l!ic,
rnboard ol cngincs. l:ngirrc naccllcr Iinpr.v; 1O.626 lb.
'f ricyc lc
centrally .mountid on win-gs.'fricycl Md.\. tel\rolJ wcight: 19,000 lb,
undercar-riagc, silglc whccl on ciac:h
undercarriagc, with singlc
PI.]RI.'ORMANCE
unit. Main whccls rciract inwartl ilrto
wings, Nose-whccl rctracts rcarwartl- Md\. .\prel. 592 nr.p.h. at sea level,
Mtr.\. rttt(-ol:rliar6.- 7,000 ft./min.
Srrvi< t triling : 44,000'.
ENGINES Mu.t. ntngr': 710 nriles.
Two Rolls-Roycc l)crwcrrt 8 lrrrhojcls, 'l'hc origin:rl Mctcor F'. Mk. I was
the first
each rated al .1.()(X) lh.s.t. I Ucl liink\ rnd onlv Allicd jet fighter to see action in
with. capac-ity ol 420 girl. irr lirsclagc.
Provision for two l(X)-grrl. tarrks rlttir.r
Workl Wur I l. l,atcr versions remained in
prrxlrrc(ion for nrore ahan ten years and still
*-.*;
wings and onc 180-gtrl. blistcr trrrrk unrlcr s('rvr with srvcral air forces. The F. Mk, 4,
fuselage. with rounrlcd tail surfaccs, remains in first-line
servirr wilh tlt( Argcntine Air Forcc, as does
lhr l;. Mk. tt (dcscribed above) ivith the
ARMAMENT llrrzilirn Air liorce. Mk. Bs are also in
sccond-linr scrvicc in Israel (illustrated) and
Four 20-mm. Hispano cannon in lrosc. oilrcr counlrirs. Conversions of Meteor
Attachments under wings lor two 1,000-lb. lighicrs ure uscd in Britain as target tugs and
bombs or l6 air-to-surface rockets- targct droncs.
44
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GLOSTER JAVELIN F. (A.trr/.) Mk.9 (Great Bricain)


First Flight November 26, 1951 Two-sert all weather fighter

ATRF'RAN{Ii ,\tr\lANtl.tN I'


Mid-sct rlcltir g irl)ls. rr illt lL) 5 rrr e clrlr.tt L l\\r) lo n1nl. Atlcrt cannort irr tvings, artd
on inner $ tttl',s lttttl I I li rttt otllrr \\ lrrll ' loLrr tle Ilrrrrllrnrl I-ircslreak irtl'ra-red
1111s.,r1r's. Dotls ol .17 ungttitlccl air-to-air
Sweptbrck lttil stttlrttts. stlll tltllrt t.ttl r()! [( r\ ()r' I,(i(X)-ll). b0rttbs on undcr$ing
plane ol lll-lll()\ lrlll lYl)c lll()lrlrlt (l r)tl l('l)
ol'litt. ( otttcrr(ttrtt.tl lltlt ttrtl: ltrt,l I ttti'lt t
lrllir( llrrr( rll\.
Splrl lltrps Lttlrltl rrtttt':. :il()ll((l I'l.tl( .llt
brlkcs alrove tttrLl lrt lorr \\rrlri It(.tt lt.trlttlll \il,.\sl( )\s
I )t
cdgcs, irlr ()l llirl)\. I
eaclr sitle rrl trrir'l;rrir'. "tr,,',.,",1]:'.ll:.,'1"
bylrrrrrtcocLpll.
",r1,
, ,ll.']l.1,
lrrrrrlr'.trtr,l,r,
$ltll silAI( rrltt' I ,'r' .r'I rrrrtl \l.rrrr
rrrr'ili,.
I trt,l t1,,111 )1..
),,|i,,t,i' t,,
l:'.,,1.r.1. 'r'i,..'i ,,,,^
LLrtgth: 56, 4,,.
u rrry urt,ri. 92tt sq. t.r.
-l I +
-ffi)
wllccli rcttil(l lr)\\'lr(l lrrl() \\llrli N,'r'
shccl Ictlitfl'' tt;ttrr,tt,l I tti L rrrrlrol \\ I' t( ;t I t s .{\t) I't,llilr()Rl\{ANCI]
rrdar itl l)()llrl({l rl()\( ( trt lr.trL rlr\ );r , rr I

largc lliglrl-rtlrtllltrrl l,rrotrr prll( t lrrrrl


for*'artl littttt :{rtt lro rr,l ,rrl, ol i,r, I lrrt .

Sl:rrrrl:rrrl :rll rerrlltt r lighler in the R,A.F.'


tlrr. .lrrrllirr is :r lrigltlr cflicient long-range
ENGINT'S irler((.plrlr rrillr rr rnltirntun specd of rround
t,(,5 rr.t, h. :rl lO.Oll{) lt. (N{ach 0'95). l'he
Two Brislol Sttltle le v S.rplrlrrrc .)l) I .'t)'l rrr;rirr.lllrrtiorral rtrsitttts are the Mks:8 and
turbojets. cacll rltlctl ill ll. lOo ll) \ l. \\rllr (), rrlrirlr rlillcr rurinll' in lrrring t,,.S, and
reheat. Fucl lattks rtr \\trt!l\ ltttrl ltts, l:tlir' llrit islr rarl:rr rcspt cl ir tl1 . l hc first Mk. tl
can be supplcrrlcrrle(l l)y tuo l50 g:rl. llt'rr on N'lirr I, l95t{, itnd thc first Mk.9 in
tanks llush un(lcr llr\clrgc atrd ttp lo lirtrt Nlal- 1959. I'rorlilclion of the Jav€lin ended
underwing tanks. in rrrirl-19(rO-
GRUMMAN F-IIA TIGER (u.s.A.) Single-seat naval day fighter
First Flight: July 30, 1954

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Mid-set wings, sweptback at 30'. Swept- Wing span: 31'71'. Length: 44'll'.
back tail surfaces, with all-moving tail- Heighr: 13'3'. LYing area: 250 sq. ft.
plane mid-set on fuselage. No ailerons,
iateral control being by means of spoilers. WEIGHTS
Leading-edge slats. Trailing-edge flaps Enpty: 13,3O7 lb.
over full span of wings except for folding Mo.r. takc-olJ'weight: 24,078 lb.
tip portions. Finger-type air-brakes
under fuselage. Engine air intakc on PERFORMANCE
each side of cockpit. Tricyclc undcr
carriage with singlc wheel on eaclr main Mu-r. spt,ed: 740 m.p.h. at 35,000'
unit and twin-wheel nose unit. Main (Mach l'12).
wheels retract forward and upward into Srrvica rciling: 50,5O0'.
fuselage. Nose-wheels retract rearward. Ranrr.' 600 miles.
'l'he prototypc of this supersonic fighter ffew
ENGINE lcss thon 15 months after it was ordered by
One Wright J65 -W l8 turbojet, ratcd rt tho U.S. Navy, and production F-l1A
10,500 lb.s.t. with rehe:rt. Fuel tanks in
'l'igcrs entered service early in 1958. They
wings and fuselage can be supplemcntctl hrvc had n fairly short career, as they are
by two underwing jcttisonable tanks. alrcady bcing replaced by newer types; but
thc'l'igcr's tlying qualities are shown by the
fact thst it cquips the U.S. Navy's famous
ARMAMENT llluc Angcls aerobatic display team. Two
Four 20-mm. cannon in bottom of air F-llAs were re-engined with a 15,000 lb.s.t.
intake fairings. Underwing attachments General Electric J79-GE-3A turbojet
General Electric turboiet in
for up to four Sidewinder infra-red air-to- FllF-lF, they achieved
1956. Redesignated FllF-lF,
air.missiles. a maximum speed of more than 1,220 m.p.h.
48
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L

HAWKER SEA FURY F.B.'I (Great Britain) lt ..- .

First Flight (Fury): September I' 1944 Single-seat fi ghter-bomber

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Conventional low-wing piston-engined lling span: 38'4l'. Length: 34'8". 1

layout, with normal aileron, elevator and Height: 15' lO+". Wing area: 280 sq. ft'
rudder control surfaces and split trailing- llheel track: 12'.
edge flaps. Tail-wheel undercarriage, with
single wheel on each unit. Main wheels WEIGHTS
retract inward into centre-section. Tail- Empty: 8,997 lb.
wheel retracts forward, Normal take-oj weight: 12,35O lb.

ENGINE PERFORMANCT:
One Bristol Centaurus l8 eightecn- Max. speed: 450 m.p.h. at 20,000'.
cylinder two-row radial engine, rated at Max. rate-of-climb : 4,32O ft.l min.
2,550 h.p. and driving a four-blade air- Rangc: I,450 miles. $

screw. Internal fucl tankage of 200 gal'


can be supplemented by two 45-gal. or
90-gal. underwing jettisonable tanks.
The Sea Fury was phased out of service with
the Royal Navy in 1954, but continues to give
ARMAMENT good service overseas. Burma bought 20
. Four 20-mm. cannon in wings. Under- reconditioned Sea Fury F.B'lls in 1957-58.
wing attachments for 2,000 lb. of bombs or The Furies purchased by Iraq are believed
air-to-surface rockets. now to be in storage.
HAWKER HUNTER (Great Britain) Single-seat day fighter
First Flight: July 20, l95l

AIRFRAME H(ight: 13' 2". w'ing area: 349 sq. ft.


Mid-set wings, with 40' sweepback. track: l4'9".
Whcel
Swept lail unit, with tailplane mountcd WEIGHTS (MK.6)
part-way up fin. Conventional ailcrons,
elevators. ruddcr arrtl split trailing-cdgc I:rnpr.t': 13,27O lb.
flaps.' Dog-tooth' uirig leading-"edgc:,. Mrt.t. tulit-o.fl n.aight: 24,000 1b.
Air-brake undcr rear-luselagc. Engine PEITIIOI{MANCE
air intakes in wing roots. Tricycle under-
carriage, with singlc wheel on each unit. Mo.r. sp<'td: 715 m.p.h. at 36,000'.
Main wheels rctract inward into wings. Mu r. nttc-of -1h r1b. 17,500 ft.,/ntin.
Nose-wheel retracts lorward. Scrrica ctiling : 55,000'.
Mu-t. ntngr. I,tl40 ntiles.
ENGINE
One Rolls-Roycc Avon turbojet, ratcd at Although thc I Iunter I.. Mk. 6 is being
10,150 lb.s.t. in latest versions. Up to rcplaced bv the l,igh(ning in R.A,F. Fighter
1,052 gal. ol l-ucl in wings, fuselage and Command, it rcnrains in large-scale service
two or lour underwing iettisonable tanks. rvith forcign air forces. The Hunter F.
((;.4.) Mk. 9 is a dcvelopment of the Mk. 6
ARMAMENT for grountl atlack duties with R,A.F. squadrons
Fixed armament of four 30-mm. Aden in lhc Midrllc l,last. 'lhe F.R. Mk. l0 is
guns in removablc pack in nose. Four similar to thc Mk.9 but has three cameras in
pylons under wings fbr bombs of up to its nosc and is thc R.A,F.'s standard fighter-
1,000 lb., 24 air-to-ground rockets, packs reconn:rissrnce aircraft. Nearly 2,000
of 24 or 37 folding-fin air-to-air rockets Iluntcrs wcrc buill for the R.A.F, and the air
or Napalm fire-bonrbs. forccs of llclgium, Denmark, Iraq, India,
Jordan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Peru,
DIMENSIONS Swodcn and Switzcrland, including many
ll'ing span: 33'8". Lenqth: 45' l0\". two-scat traincrs.
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HAWKER P.1127 (Great Britain) Single-seat VTOL strike fighter
First Flight: March 13, 1961

AIRF'RAME WEIGHTS AND PERFORMANCE


Square-tippecl rlclta u'ings irr sltorrltlcr Secret.
position. with nrarkctl anhedral. Swcpl
tail surfaces with srrlrll vcntral lirr. ( orr 'lhe I'.1127 is thc first of an entirely nerv
ventional ailerons, clevat()rs. rutltlcr anri
trailing-edge llaps. ('ontrol by nrcrtts ol gcncrulion of grorurd attack fighters, designed
air-jets at nosc. $,inpr-tips rrntl tail tluring io cornbinc th0 performance of a jet fighter
vertical, hovcrirrg rrnrl low-spcctl lliglrt. rrith thc go-anlrvhere ability of a helicopter.
Engine air inlirkcs orr clre h sirlc ol'l'rrscllrgc l lrc erhausi fronr its large turbojet is ejected
just ali of cockpil. I itnrlcttt nritin tttrrlcr' thrrnrglr lirur roteting nozzles. These direct
carriage. with singlc llonl whccl arttl luirt tlrt it't clllux dorvrrrrrrd for vertical take-off
rear whcels, rctrircts into l'r,selagc. llal- anti landirrg, and rearryard for cruising flight,
anccr ' u heel xt e irill wrrg tr11.
'Iirrning thern slightly forward acts as a brake
I0 slorv ihr aircr:rtl and enables it to move
ENGTNE rtitrrt ard.
One Bristol Sitlricley BS.5-1 l)cgrstts l)t'sign rvork on lhc l).1127 began in 1957.
'l lrt. lirsl prolot\ pe began its untethered
clucted-lan turhojcl. rvith lirur rotrling lunt rirrg lrials on November 19, 1960, and
cxhaust nozzlcs. slartrd ils llighl trials rvith a conventional
ARMAMEN'T' tnkc-olf and landing on March 13, 1961. ln
Scptcrnbcr l96l it nradc successful transitions
No fixed arnrrnrcnt. l)esignecl t() ei..ry ir frorn verticill to lirrward llight and vice versa
wide varieti' ot-allxcl, \\erpons on untlcr- lirr lhe lirst tinre. ln l)ecember 196l it flelv
wing pylons. faster than sound in a shallow dive. Nine
l'. I I 27s are bcing cvaluated by a joint British,/
DIMENSIONS Antcric:rn/Cernran test squadron, A super-
Wing span: 24' 4". Lcngth: 4l' 2.". sonic devcloprnent, thc P.ll54, has been
Heighr: lO'3". ordercd for the Royal Air Force.
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HINDUSTAN HF-24 (lndia) Single-seat fighter
,l961
First Flight: June 17,

AIRFRAME DII\{ENSIONS, WEIGHTS AND


Sharply swept low wings. Sweptback tail I'EItFORiVIANCE
surfaces, with onc-piecc all-n.roving tail- Sccret.
plane low-set on l'uselagc. Fuselagc is
arca-ruled and will havc a pointcd nosc liirst opcrrlional military aircraft designed
radome in the produc(ion vcrsion. Scnri- and huilt in lndia, the FIF-24 was produced
circular engine air intakc, with ccntral undcr thc leadership of Dr. Kurt Tank,
sliock-body, to cach side of cockpit. dcsigncr of thc Gcrman Focke-Wulf aircraft
Tricycle undcrcarriagc, with singlc whccl of World War ll. 'I'he tirst of the two pro-
on each unit. Main units rctract inward. totypcs, illustrittcd, has room for a second
Nose-wheel retracts lorward.
pilot, with dual controls, behind the main
cockpit; but this spacc rvill be used eYentually
ENCINES fOr cqrripnrcnt or armament. At the time of
rvriting no dccision had bccn taken as to
Prototypcs have two Bristol Siddclcy lvhcthor the 12 production HF-24s so far
Orpheus turbojcts, cach rated at 4,850 ordcrcd rvill hlvc more powerful Orphcus
lb.s.t., mounted sitlc-by-side ir.t rcar cngines or two Russian-built Klimov VK-7
fuselage. turbojets, cach rrted at 9,920 lb.s.t. Dr. Tank
has claimcd that if he could obtain suitable
ARMAMEN'T heNt-rcsistant stccl alloys, the production
Four 30-mm. cannon in fuselage. Attach- vcrsion of the l{F-24 could be made to lly at
ments for air-to-air and air-to-surface more than three times the speed of sound
missiles under wings. (t,980 m.p.h.).
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HISPANO HA-l112-MlL BUCHON (Spain)
Si ngle-seat fi ghter-bomber

AIRFRAME WEIGHTS
Conventional low-wing piston-engincci Empty: 5'855 lb'
layout, with trorntal slottcd ailcron. Mu.r. Iake-olJ wciglr: 7,01t lb'
elevator and ruddcr control surlaces and
camber-changirrgtrailing-cilgcflafs. Tail PITRFORMANCE
wheel undercarriagc, with single wlrccl Mu.r. spLrd: 419 m'p'h' at l3'000"
on each unit. Main units rctrtct outward Mu-r. ruta-of-<'lirn6: 5,580 ft./min'
into wings. Tarl-whecl is fired' Rangc 475 miles'

ENGINE
One Rolls-R.oycc Merlin 500'45 lZ-
cylinder Vcc liqurd-cooled enginc, rltcd It is now 25 years since the Messerschmitt
at 1,400 h.p. and driving a four-bladc llf 109 was lirst secn in Spanish skies, yet
airscrew. Fuel tarrk in fusclagc. ihis llispano-built version remains in firstJine
scrvicc with the Spanish Air Force and was
ARMAMENT acturlly in production until 1959. By a
Two 20-mm. catrtrotr itt wings. Undcr- strangc twist of fate, it is powered by the type
wing launching rails ior eight 22-lb. of errgine which cnabled R.A.F. Spitfires and
air-to-surface rockets. Hurricanes to defeat the original Bf l09s in
thc Battle of Britain. The Merlins were
DIMENSIONS bought by Ilispano when the supply of
lling span: 32'6+". Lengrh: 29' lO\". Hispano-Suiza l2-Z-17 engines, formerly
Height: 8' 6". ll'ing area: 172'2 sq. ft. fitted, ran out.
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J-45lMM STRSLJEN (HORNET) (Yugoslavia)
Single-seat lightweight attack fighter

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Low-set wings without sweepback. Un- Wing span: 25' lO+". Length: 26'3'.
swept tail surfaces, with tailplane mounted Height: 5' 6". Wing area: l2l'6sq. ft.
part-way up fin. Conventional ailerons,
elevators and rudder. Wing-tips are WEIGHT
turned down, Outer wings fold upward Empry: 5,37O lb.
for stowage and access to engines.
Stabilising fin under nose. Engines PERFORMANCE
centrally mounted on wings. Tricycle Max. speed: 497 m.p.h. at sea level.
undercarriage, with single wheel on each Service ceiling: 39,600'.
unit. Main wheels retract inward. Range: 47O miles.
Nose-wheel retracts forward.

The Strsljen is a development of the little


ENGINES single-seat 45lNI Zolja research aircraft,
Two Turbom6ca Marbor6 turbojets, which was the first jet-plane designed in
each rated at 880 lb.s.t. Yugoslavia. Variants, which difrer from the
Strsljen only in their forward fuselage and
cockpits, are the S-45IMM Matica tandem
ARMAMENT two-seat basic trainer and the T-45IMM
Two 20-mm. Hispano cannon in fairings Strsljen II single-seat trainer. A photographic-
under fuselage. Underwing attachments reconnaissance version is reported to be under
for up to four air-to-ground rockets. development.
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.!rs-.;;
LOCKHEED F-80C SHOOTTNG STAR (U.S.A.)
First Flight (XP-80); January 9, 1944 Single-seat fighter-bomber

AIRFRAME DI1\TENSIONS
Low-wing. Unswcpt tail surfaces. Con- lfing .spun: 38' 101". Length: 34' 6".
ventional ailerons, elevators, ruddcr and Haight: ll' 4". lfing arca: 237 sq. ft.
trailing-edge flaps. Two snrall air-brakes ll'hctl trttk; 8' 7".
under centre-fusclage. Scoop-typc air WEIGHTS
intakes on sidcs of luselage fbrward ol
wing roots. 'l-ricyclc undercirrriagc, willr lirttpr.r: 8,240 lb.
single whcel on cach unit. Main whccls ll'lrr.t. tttlit-olJ rciglrt. I5,336 lb.
retract inwar(l into wings. Nosc-whecl Pr,Iil,'()ttMANCrE
retracts rearwar(1.
Mrtr'..spt,ttl: 595 nr.p.h. at sea lcvel.
,\crticc ctiling : 44.100'.
ENGINE \l,tr. , rt,ltu,rnt,. .l lrr. l2 nrirr.
One Allison Jl,.] A -.15 lurbojct, ralcd ill 'lhc prololypr Shooting Star, designated ==r-t/r
5,400 lb.s.t. 1;ucl tanks irr wings rrttl Xl'll(1, rvas poncred by a de Havilland
centre-fusclage can bc sLrpplcr)lcntc(l by (,loblin engirrc imported from England, but - s"rr.".ar.r A.*r: r1dft 1i$iffigc!q67
external tanks Lrntlcr wingr arrtl urrrier ..._,!,*,lh,. ...b,....n.$
tht 1,715 production Shooting Stars all had
wing-tips. Allison .1.1-1 errgines.'I'hc final single-seaf
lighter version rvas the F-80C, described
aborc, and soure of thesc still serve with the
ARMAMENT air forccs of Chile, Poru and Uruguay. The
Six 0 50" nraclrirrc-guns irr rtorc. widcly used'l-3-lA two-seat advanced trainer
Underwing attachmcnts for two 1,000-lb. and the Rl'-3.1A single-seat reconnaissance
bombs and eight air-to-surface rockcts. aircraft are developments of the F-80,
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LOCKHEED F-104 STARFTGHTER (U.S.A.)
First Flight: February 28,1954 Single-seat day fighter

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Small mid-set wrngs, with 10" anhedral. lling spon: without tip-tanks, 2l' ll".
All-moving one-piece tailplane mounted Ltngrh: 56'8". lq*r
near tip of fin and rudder. Wings havc Iteighr: 13' 6". ll'ing area: 196'l sq. ft.
full-span drooping leading-edge. Lntirc ll'hcal traclc: 8' 9". ll'heelbase: 15' l',
trailing-edge consists ol ailcrons and wLtGltT (F-I04G)
' blown ' flaps. Ventral stabilising lin. Mtt.t. tuk<'-oll u,cight: 27,000 ll't.
Semi-circular engine air intake, with t,tit{ l.-()RMANCE (F-l04G)
central shock-body, on cach sitlc ol- luscl- A4rrr. spccd: 1,450 m.p.h. at 36,000'
age forward of wings. Tricyclc rttrtlcr- (M:rch 2 2).
carriage, with single wlrcel ort caclt rrrtit.
AlI wheels retract forwartl irtto litsclrtgc. lhc lrvo prolotypcs of thc Starfighter each
Radar in nose-conc. lud
lr:rl
rrd rl 10,500 lb.s.t.
10.500 Wright J65-W-6
lb.s.t. Wrisht
trrrboitt rvilh rehcat, hut all subsequent air-
ENGTNE (F-104G) errl'l hrvc had a .179 turbojet. The single-seat
One Gencral l-lcctric .17() ( il. 7 or IIA li l0.lA and lrvo-scat F--1048 interceptors
turbojet, ratcd at I 5,tioO ll).s.1. wttll bv lhe (ihinesc
:rrr rrscrl by (lhinesc Nationalists and U.S.
reheat. Fucl tilnks in litsclagc willt ttltx. Air Nalional (iuard. l'hc U.S.A.F. flies only
capacity of 847 gal., catt bc sttpplctttettlctl lhe singlc-scal lf l04C fighter-bomber and
by two 162-gal. utttlcrwittg litrrks irrr(l Iw() lw()-sell lr I0.ll). Jipan is building versions
142-gal. wing-tip larrks. I'rovisiott Iirr of lhc li l0'l(j and l). Three groups of com-
flight refuelling. prnics in l,lurope arc producing 949 F-104G
lightcr-honrlrcrs (dcscribed above) for the
ARMAMENT Wcst (Jcrnran, l)utch, llelgian and Italian
One 20-mm. high-vclocity clttttttttr itt ttosc. lir forccs. (lanadlir is building the similar
Up to four Sidewindcr inl'ra-rctl tttissilcs (ll,'-104 for thc R.C.A.F'., Greece and Turkey.
on wing-tips and underwing rails. Other 'I wo-seat versions are being supplied by Lock-
underwing loads can includc cannon pods. hccd to Germany and Canada,
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McDoNNELL F-101 vooDoo (U.s.A.)
First Flight: September 29,1954 Multi-purpose twin-jet fighter

AIRFRAME three Falcons or bombs on a rotating


Mid-set wings, sweptback at 35'. Swept- bomb-door. F-l0lC has four cannon,
back tail surfaces, with one-piece all- plus attachments for a nuclear weapon
moving tailplane mounted near tip ol fin. under its fuselage, between two 375-gal.
Conventional ailerons, rudder and trailing- external fuel tanks,
edge flaps. Air-brake on eaclr side oI DIMENSIONS
tail-boom. Air intakes in extended wing lVing spun: 39'8". Length: 67' 5".
roots. Tricycle undercarriage, with single Haighr: l8'. l4/ing area: 368 sq. ft.
wheel on each main unit and twin wheels
on nose unit. Main wheels retract inward WETGHT (F-r0rB)
into wings. Nose-whcels retract forward.
Fire-conlrol radar in nosc. Ma.t. tuke-o.lJ weight: 46,475 lb.
PERFORMANCE (F-l0lB)
ENGINES Mo.r. spc'ul: 1,220 m.p.h. at 36,000'
Two Pratt & Whitney J57-P-13 turbojets, (Mach 185).
each rated at 14,500 lb.s.t. with reheat, in M u.r. ratc-of-tlinr: 14,000 ft./min.
all versions except F-l0lB which has Mo.t- rongc: 2.980 rniles.
J57 P 55s. Provision for external fuel
tanks and flight reluelling. Altogcther 807 Voodoos were built for the
Li.S.A.F.. of which 480 were F-I018 two-seat
interccplors. The others included F-l01A
ARMAMENT single-seat multi-purpose fighters, F-101C
F l0lA has four 20-mm. cannon in nose, singlc-seat fighter-bombers strengthened for
three Falcon air-to-air missiles and l2 lorvJevel operations, and RF-l0lA and
unguided rockets. F-l0lB carries two RF-l0fC camera-carrying reconnaissance
Genie unguided air-to-air nuclear missiles versions of the A and C, Sixty-six F-l0lBs
semi-externally under its fuselage, plus have been delivered to the R.C.A.F,
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McDONNELL F-2c BANSHEE (U.S.A.)
First Flight: January 11,1947 Single-seat naval all-weather fighter

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Mid-set wings, with very bulbous roots Wing span: 44' ll'. Length: 47'6'.
housing engines. No sweepback on wings Height: 14' 5l'. lling area: 294 sq.ft.
or tail.
Conventional ailerons, elevators,
rudder and split trailing-edge flaps. Small WEIGHT
air-brakes in top surface of outer wings. Normal take-of weight: about 19,000 lb.
Tricycle undercarriage, with single wheel
on each unit. Main wheels retract out-
ward into wings. Nose-wheel retracts PERFORMANCE
rearward. Outer wings fold upwards for Max. speed: 590 m.p.h. at sea level.
stowage. Radar in nose. Max. rate-of-cllrnb: 6,000 ft./min.
Service ceiling: 40,000'.
ENGINES Max. range: over 1,600 miles. ,j,
Two Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojets, lo
each rated at 3,350 lb.s.t. Fuel in five
tanks in fuselage. Provision for wing-tip Altogether 784 Banshees were built for the ilji::
tanks.
jettisonable U.S. Navy between 1946 and 1953. In 1955'
Canada acquired 39 ex-U.S.N. F-2Cs and
ARMAMENT modified them three years later to carry
Four 20-mm. cannon in nose. Two Sidewinder missiles. They were used mainly
Sidewinder infra-red missiles under outer to equip fleet defence squadrons on the
wings. Attachments for alternative under- aircraft carrier 'Bonaventure ' but are no
wing loads of rockets, bombs, etc. longer in first-line service'
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McDONNELL F:3 DEMON (U.S.A.)
FirstFlight: August 7, l95l Single-seat naval all-weather fighter

AIRFRAME nuclear weapons, etc. MF-38 carries


Mid-set wings, sweptback at 45'. Swept- four Sparrow III radar homing missiles
back tail surfaces carried on shallow boom under its wings.
above jet exhaust. One-piece all-moving DIMENSIONS
tailplarie. wings fitted with leading-edge Wing span: 35' 4'. Length: 58'11".
slati and trailin-g-edge slotted flaps. Air- Height: 14' 7", Wing area: 519 sq. ft.
brakes in upDer surface of each wing root
trailine-edeb'and on sides of rear fuselage. WEIGHTS
Eneind air-intake on each side of cockpit. Empty: 22,13O lb.
Triiycle undercarriage, with single wheel Max. take-of weieht: 33,900 lb.
on each unit. Main wheels retract inward
into winss. Nose-wheel retracts rear- PERFORMANCE
ward. Ridar in nose. Outer wings fold Max. speed: 730 m.p.h. at sea level.
upward for stowage. Max. rate-of-clin6.' 12,800 ft./min.
Service ceiling : 42,650'.
ENGINE Max. range: 1,360 miles.
One Allison J7l-A-2 turbojet, rated at
14.250 lb.s.t. with reheat' lnternal
Like the Douglas Skyray, the Demon was
fu6l can be supplemented bY use of plagued initially by trouble with the J40
'jittisonable externdl tanks. Equipped for turbojet around which it was designed. Re-
hight refuelling. engined with a J71, it became a very useful
carrier-based fighter and is serving with the
ARMAMENT U.S. Navy in three versions-F-3B all-
Fixed armament of four 20-mm. cannon weather fighter, MF-38 missile-armed day
in bottom of fuselage. F-38 also has fighter and RF-38 for photographic
attachments under wings and fuselage for reconnrissance. A total of 519 Demons were
Sidewinder infra-red air-to-air missiles, built.
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McDONNELL F4B PHANTOM ll (U.S.A.)
First Flight: May 27, 1958 Two-seat naval all-weather fighter

AIRFRAME semi-submerged in fuselage undersurface


Low-wins. sweDtback at 45'. Sweptback ancl two uniier wings. Can carry alter'
tail surfaies. wittr Zl" anhedral on one- native loads of bomts and air-to-surface
oiece all-movinq tailDlane. Wings have missiles,
' dos-tooth' lea--dine--edge, and consider-
-panels which fold DIIVIENSIONS
able-dihedral on oriter Wing span: 38' 5'. Length: 58' 3'.
uoward for stowase. Ailerons move only Height: 16'3".
dbwn and are su-pplemented by spoilers WEIGHT
on uDDer surface iri each wing. Trailing-
edeeh'aos and small leading-edge flaps are Max. take-of weight: ovet 40,000 lb.
'blown.' Tricvcle undercarriage' with PERFORMANCE
sinele wheel on-each main unit and twin- Secret.
whEels on nose unit. Main wheels retract
inward into wings. Nose-wheel retracts The Phantom II is replacing earlier types as
rearward. Ensin! air intake on each side the U.S. Navy's standard carrier-based all-
of front fuseliee. Fire-control radar in weather fightei. lts performance is secret'
nose. with infr-a-red equipment in small but it has-set up many records including a
bul96 underneath. world soeed recoid of 1,606'342 m.p.h. and a
heieht r-ecord of9E.556 ft. (both since beaten).
ENGINES Th; first 40 F-Bs have J79-GE-2A engines,
Two General Electric J79-GE-2A turbo- as described above; later machines have more
iets. each rated at 16,150 lb.s.t. with nowerful J?9-GE-Es. The U'S.A.F. has
ietriat. UD to 2,665 gal. of fuel in brdered large numbers of F-4C attack
internal tailks, one 500-gal. tank under fishters. caoable of carrying up to twenty'two
fuselage and two 300-eal. underwing 550-lb.'boibs. and RF-4C reconnaissance'
tanks.- Equipped for flight refuelling. fiehters. The RoYal NavY is to have r
ARMAMENT ve=rsion of the F-4 with Rolls-Royce Spey
Four Sparrow III radar homing missiles engines.
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MIG-15 (NATO Code-name' Fagot') (Russia)
First Flight: December 30, 1947 Si ngle-seat day fighter

AIRFRAME WEIGHTS
Mid-set sweptback wings. Sweptback flrplr'. 8,320 lb.
tail surfaccs, with ta;iplane mounted high Mtt. ruke-ofi weighr; 14.240 lb.
on fin. Conventional ailerons, elevators, PERFORMANCE
rudder and trailing-edge flaps. Circular
air irrtakc irr nose. Air-brake otr caclr sirlr'
Mur- spt,t'd: 670 m.P.h.
M u.\. r(t t e-of-( lilrb:'l 0,400 ft.r'nrirr.'
9',L. .d
of rear fuselage. Tricycle undercarriagc, .Sr'rt lt r' r't'i/irtg. 5l .000 .
with singlc wlrcel on each unit. Mairr Russia's first high-performance jet fighter, the ;.i
wheels retract inward into wings. Nosc-
wheel retracts forward- MiG l5 combined the results of German war-
timc rescarch on swept rvings rrith th€ then-
d power of a Rolls-Royce Nene
rrnrivalle
ENGINE trrrhoiet. Early production models had an
One Klinrov V K- I turbojet, ratcd at
5.950 lb.s.t. Fuel in irrternal tanks can bc
supplenrented by two extcrnal lanks li(tcd
Rl)-45 turhojt't, rvhich rvas an almost exact
copy of thc Nene, rated at 5.450 lb.s.t. This
rvas latcr supcrseded by an improved version, /N -a
flush under wings. devclopcd
vK-I.
by !. Y. Klimov and designated
'l'he MiG-15 was probably built in greater
iflil*,r
ARMAMENT numbcrs than any othcr iet fighter, in Russia,
One 37-nrm. NS 2 and two 23 mnt. VYa Czcchoslovakia and Poland. Although not
cannon under nosc. Underwing attach- supcrsonic, it showed in Korea that it rvas a
mcnts fbr bombs or rockets. goird all-round fighter, with a high rate-of-
climb and good manoeuvrability. It is still
in largc-scale service rvith the Soviet Air Force
DIMENSIONS and several foreign air forces, mainly as a
H/ing span: 33' 11". Length: 36' 4". ground-attack fighter. A tandem two-seat
Heisht: lI'2", Wing arca: 255 sq. ft. training version is also widely used.
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MIG-|7 (NATO Code'name' Fresco') (Russia)
Single-seat fighter
AIRF'RAME WEIGHTS
Similar in layout to that of MiG-15. Empty: 9,850 lb.
Wings more sharply swept (42'), with Mix. take-off weigftl.' 15,500 lb.
'square' fillets at the trailing-edge roots. PERFORMANCE
Lengthened fuselage, sometimes with Max. speed: 645 m.p.h. at 36,000'
radar 'lip' over air intake, like the F-86 (Mach'975).
Sabre. Underwing fuel tanks carried on Max. rate-o.f-cllm6: 10,500 ft./min.
pylons. Service ceiling: 57,000'.
Max. range: 1,100 miles.
ENGINE This much improved development of the
MiG-15 went into production in 1953 and
One Klimov VK-IA turbojet, rated at has been built in China, Czechoslovakia and
6,990 lb.s.t. with reheat. Internal tanks Poland, as well as in Russia. It has been
have capacity of 363 gal. Underwing supplied to about a dozen other air forces,
tanks hold 88 gal. each. inClbding those of Cuba, Indonesia, Iraq and
Egypt, and at least five difrerent versions have
ARMAMENT be;; identified. The first, known to NATO as
'Fresco-A,' used the same VK-l turbojet
One 37-mm. NS-2 and two 23-mm. VYa as the MiG-15 and had dive-brakes on each
cannon in underside of nose, or three side of the rear fuselage. In 'Fresco-B ' the
23-mm. cannon. Underwing racks for up dive-brakes were just aft of the wing trailing-
to I , I 00 lb. ol bombs or two packs of eight edge. 'Fresco-C,' the most widely used
air-to-air rockets, version, has a VK-IA engine with reheat'
rear-mounted dive-brakes and underwing fuel
DIMENSIONS tanks. 'Fresco-D' is an all-weather fighter
version of the ' C,' with a small radome on
ll/ing span: 36'. Length: 4O'. the centre of its air intake, but no reheat.
Height: Il'. lYing area: 265 sq. ft. 'Fresco-E'is a 'D'with reheat.
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,. r,,,i
MIG-19 (NATO Code'name' Farmer') (Russia)
First Flight: 1953 Single-seat fighter

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Mid-set sweptback wings.,Sweptback Wing span: 36' 6". Length: M'3',
i"it surfaces. Conveniional ailerons, Height: 13'6".
iudO"i-ino Fowler flaps. One-p-iece- all- WEIGHT
movins tailplane mid-set on tuselage' Max. take'o.ff weight: 19,84O lb.
Sittto; veniral fin. Dive-brake on each
iiOe of rear fuselage. Tricycle ,under-
unlt' PERFORMANCE
carriage, with single wheel on each Max. speed: 860 m.P.h. at 36'000'
Main-wheels retr-act inward into wings' (Mach
Noie-wtreel retracts forward. Circular 'Max. l'3). ft./min.
lnsine air intake in nose. Twin exhaust rate-of-clinb: I 5,000
orifices at tail. Service ceiling: 58,OOO'.
Max. range: 850 miles.
ENGINES
Two Klimov VK-5 turbojets, each rated To the MiG-19 went the distinction of being
at 8.818 lb.s.t., mounted side-by-side in the first Russian fighter able to fly faster than
sound in level flight. Compared with the
piementea -by Internal fuel can be sup-
rear'fuselage.
two or four underwing earlier MiGs, it lias thinner, more sharply
tanks. swept (55") riings, with two huge boundary
lavir fincei at mld-span, a wider rear fuselage
ARMAMENT housine two engines side'by-side, a more
Current versions are believed to have one rectaniular fin and rudder and much lower
23-rnm. VYa cannon in each wing root tailnla-ne. It was first seen during the 1955
ind bne 37-mm. or 2J-mm. cannon in the Soviet Aviation Dav Display in Moscow and
iiarboard side of the nose. Air-to-air serves with many Cir forces, including those
each containing eight
-iiiites ot four podscan of Russia, Chi'na, Cuba, Czechoslovakia,
iir-to-air rockeis, be carried under Eg1at, Inionesia, Iraq, North Korea and
wings. Poland.
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MIG-21 (NATO Code-name' Fishbed') (Russia)
Single-seat fighter
AIRFRAME
Mid-set delta wings. Sweptback tail surfaces, with ventral stabilising fin.
Conventional ailerons and rudder. One-piece all-moving tailplane. Tri-
undercarriase. with single
cvcle undercarriage,
cycle sinele wheel on_each_ unit. .Main
on each unit.. Main wheels retract
inward. Nose-wheel retracts forward. Circular air intake in nose, with
radar in small pointed centre-body.
ENGINE
Believed to be one Type TDR Mk. R37F turbojet, rated at 13,120 lb.s.t.
when its reheat is switched off. Provision for fitting jettisonable assisted
take-off rockets.
ARMAMENT
Two cannon, in fairings on each side of lower fuselage. Attachments
under wings and fuselage for other weapons, including infra-red homing
air-to-air missiles and packs ol unguided rockets.
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHTS AND PBRFORMANCE
Secret.
First seen in prototype form during the 1956 mounted under its rear fuselage. Another
Soviet Aviation Day fly-past over Moscow, development has more extensive changes,
this delta-wing fighter is now standard equip- including a large under-fuselage auxiliary
ment in the Soviet Air Force. It has also been rocket engine, a long metal fairing aft of the
supplied to China, Cuba, Egypt, East Ger- cockpit canopy and repositioned aerials.
many, Finland, Indonesia, India, Iraq, This may be the aircraft, designated E-66A,
Hungary, Bulgaria and other countries' One which set up the world height record of
variant, seen in the 1961 Aviation Day ff3,892 ft. in April 1961. In an earlier
Display, made a short-field take-ofr with the form as the E-66, without rocket-engine, it
sid of two solid-fuel assisted take-off rockets set up a speed record of 1,4E4 m.p.h.
80
MIG-? (NATO Code-name' Flipper') (Russia)
Single-seat all-weather fighter
AIRFRAME
Mid-set delta wings. Sweptback tail surfaces, with twin ventral stabilising
fins.Conventional ailerons, rudder and trailing-edge flaps. One-piece
all-moving tailplane. Circular air intakc in nose, with radar in very large
pointed centre-body.
ENGINES
Tail end, reminiscent of that ol MiC 19, indicates the use ol two small-
dianreter turbojet engines, nrountcd sidc-by-side in rear fuselage.
ARMAMENT
Attachnrents under wings for carrying two large air-to-air missiles.
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHTS AND PI,RTiORMANCE
Secret.
This powerful-looking all-weathcr an unusually large fire-control radar.
fighter was first seen in the 196l I)evelopment of this fighter indicates
Soviet Aviation Day fly-past. lts Russia's need to provide the best
wings and tail unit resemble so closely possible defence against the long-range
those of earlier MiG fighters that it is strategic bombers of the R.A.F, and
almost certainly a product of Artem U.S.A.F. Its speed and range are
Mikoyan's design team. The long probably similar to those of the English
cylindrical nose helps to 'balance' Electric Lightning; its effectiveness
the weight of the two engines in the depends on the efficiency of its opera-
rear fuselage and appears to house tional equipment and missile armament.
NORTH AMERTCAN F-slD MUSTANG (U.S.A.)
,ffi
First Flight: October 25,1940 Single-seat fighter-bomber

AIRFRAME WEIGHTS
Conventional low-wing piston-engined Empry: 7,635 lb.
layout, with normal aileron, elevator and Ma.r. take-ofi weight: 1l,6O0 lb.
rudder control surfaces and trailing-edge
flaps. Tail-wheel undercarriage, with PERFORMANCE
single wheel on each unit. Main whecls
retract inward into wings. Tail-whecl Max. speed: 437 m.p.h. at 25,000'.
retracts into fuselage. Ma.t. rate-of-clinb : 3,47 5 ft. /min.
: 40,000'.
Sart'it'a ceiling
ENGINE
One Packard-built Rolls-Roycc Merlin
V-1650-7 twelve-cylinder Vee liquid-
cooled engine, rated at 1,695 h.p. and Thc original Mustang of 1940 was designed
driving a four-blade airscrew. Fuel in and built in 120 days to meet an urgent
wing and fuselage tanks with total British rcquirement. It had an 1,150 h.p.
capacity of 224 gal. Provision lor undcr-
wing jettisonable tanks. Allison engine, but the Mustang did not really
begin to show its paces until was re-engined
ARMAMENT with a Packard-built Merlin. It then became
Six 0'50" Browning machine-guns, three the best U.S. fighter of World War II, and
in each wing, Underwing attachments a total of 14,819 were built. Of these, 7,966
lor 2,000 lb. of bombs and rockets. were P-SlDs (later redesignated F-51Ds), as
.*--1 e
described above, and this version is still
DIMENSIONS flying with the air forces of Bolivia, Cuba, the
Wing span: 37 ' . Length: 32' 3*" . Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras
Height: 13' 8". Iling area: 233.2 sq, ft. and Nicaragua.
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NORTH AMERTCAN F-86F SABRE (U.S.A.)
First Flight (XF-86): October 1, 1947 Single-seat fighter-bomber

AIRFRAME Height: l4' 7". Wing area: 287'9 sq. ft.


Low-wing, sweptback at 35 Swcptback
lYheeI tack: 8' 3".
tail surlaces, with tailplane and clcvators
linkcd for co-ordinated movenrent. Con- WEIGHTS
ventional ailerons and ruddcr. Trarling- far2rr: 10,950 lb.
edge flaps. Tricycle undercarriage, with Mo.r. ruka-olJ weight: 20,195 lt:.
single wheel on each unit. Main wlrccls
retract inward into fuselage. Nosc-whccl
retracts rearward. Air-brake on cach sidc PI'RF'ORMANCE
of rear fuselage. Circular air intakc in Mu.t. spted: 655 m.p.h, at sea level.
nose, with radar lip at top. Scrvitr < ciling : 53,000'.
Nornrul rangt. 890 miles.
ENGINE
One Ceneral Electric J47 GE-27 turbojct,
rated at 5-970 lb.s.t. Fuel tanks in fuscl- 'lhc li-86F was the last day fighter version of
age. Two or lour underwing jettisonable
tan k s. the Sabre to be produced by North American
and is still standard equipment in many air
forccs, including those of the Argentine,
ARMAMBNT Nationalist China, Ethiopia, the Republic of
Six 0 50" nrachine-guns in nose. Undcr- Korea, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines'
wing attachments for two 1,000-lb. bombs, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand and
l6 air-to-surlace rockets. etc. Venezuela. In addition, Mitsubishi are
assernbling 300 F-86Fs in Japan for the
Japanese Air Self-Defence Force. (See also
DIMENSIONS Cohmonwealth Avon-Sabre and Canadair
l4/ing spon: 37' l" Length: 37'6" Sabre.)
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NORTH AMERICAN r4sDlKlL SABRE (U.S.A.)
First Ftight (F-86D): December 22, 1949 Single-seat all-weather fighter

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS G-86D)


Low-wing, sweptback at 35'. Sweptback lling.span: 37'1" Leng-th:
toii'.u.Ti?'"i, *lit, tuitpLan" i"i iiJ""to.i uei[hi: ts'. Wins area: 287'9^4O'4" sq. ft.
linked lor co-ordinated movement. Con- (F-86D)
;;;ii;""I'"ii"-"i u"o i"oaJi. l"aainC- WEIGHTS
edge slats (slots in F-86L) and trailing- Entpty: 11,905 lb.
edge flaps. Tricycle undercar-rrage' .wr(tr Max. rake-of weight: 2O,55O lb.
sinsle wheel on each unit' Main whcels
retiact inward into fuse-lage. - Nose-wheel PERFORMANCE (F-86D)
retracts rearward. Air'brake on cach Max' speed: 567 m'o'h' at 10'000"
side of rear fuselage. 'ct'itl: #'i"ili! '17,800
ft'/min'
under conical nose radome. Mux' rare-of-clin6:

ENGINE First all-weather fighter version of the Sabre,


itte E-SOD inlrodu-ced a Hughes fire-control
One General Electric J47-GE-33 turbojet, radar svstem with nose radome, reheat and an
rated at 7,650 lb.s.t. with reheat, in all-rocliet armament. More than 2,000 were
F-86D and L. One J47-GE-17B, rated huilt. of which some still serve with the air
at 7,450 lb.s.t. with reheat, in F-86K. forces of Denmark. Japan, South Korea and
Fuel tankage as for F-86F. the PhiliDDines. More than E00 others were
converted, io F-86L standard for the U.S.A.F.'
ARMAMENT
with 2' sreater sDan. leading-edge slots
and new ridar. The F-86K' of which Fiat
F-86D and L have a retractable pack of built 231 in ltalv. is cannon'armed and 8"
twentv-four 2'75" air-to-air rockets in the lonscr. and is oi6rational with the French'
bottoin of their forward fuselage. F-86K C"imd", Italian; Dutch and Norwegian air
has four 20-mm. cannon. forces.
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NORTH AMERICAN AFIE FURY (U.S.A.)
First Flight: October 28, l9S4 Single-seat naval fighter'bomber

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Low-wing, sweptback at 35'. Wing-tips Wing span: 39' 1". Length: 37' 6'.
fold upward. lnset ailerons can be Heiihi: l2'8". lling area: 338 sq' ft.
drooped with leading-edge and trailing- llhiel track: ll'7". llheelbase: 16'91".
edsehaos to improve landing performance.
Af-movine tail. as on F-86F Sabre. Tri-
cycle unde-rcarriage, with single wheel on WEIGHT
ehch unit. Main wheels retract inward Max. take-of weight: over 26,000 lb.
into fuselage. Nose-wheel retracts rear-
ward. Air-brake on each side of rear
fuselage. Lipped air intake in nose. PERFORMANCE
Max. speed: 687 m.p.h. at sea level,
Max. iate-of-clinb.' 7,500 ft./min.
ENGINE Max. range' 2,700 miles.
One Wrieht J65-W-I6A turbojet, rated
at 7,700- lb.s.t. Internal fue[ can be
sunniemented bv uD to four external tanks Earlier versions of the sweptwing Fury were
un'd'er wings, wiih tbtal capacity of 583 gal. nsval variants of the F-E6 Srbre' but the
Equipped for flight refuelling. F-l was almost entirely redesigned. To
make possible combat at high subsonic speeds'
the wing and tailplane were mlde much thinner'
ARMAMENT
The addition of a dorsal spine makes the
Four 20-mm. cannon in nose. Six under- fuselage appear considerably deeper. The
wine attachments for Sidewinder infra- AF-IE has e low-altitude bombing system
red-air-to-air missiles, bombs, air-to-air for high-speed missions
rocket pods, air-to-surface rockets or and special controls
Bullpup missiles. at ser level.
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NORTH AMERICAN F-r00 sUPER SABRE (U.S.A )


First Flight: May 25, 1953 Multi-purpose fighter

AIRFRAME pup air-to-surface missiles, etc. On F-


Low-mid wings, sweptback at 45". l00D and F the bombload is raised to
Sweptback tail surfaces, with one-piece 7,500 lb., but the F has only two cannon.
all-moving tailplane low-set on fuselage. DIMENSIONS
Inset ailerons, each in two sections. Wing span: 38'9+".
Automatic leading-edge slats. Flaps on Length (F-IOOC and D): 54'3".
F-100D and F only. Air-brake under Length (F-IOOF): 57' 3".
centre-fuselage. Tricycle undercarriage, Height: l6'2|". lVing area: 385.2 sq. ft. *
with single wheel on each main unit and
twin wheels on noseunit. Main wheels
retract inward into fuselage. Nose-
wheels retract rearward. Fiattened air
Wheel track:
WETGHTS (F-100D)
Empty: 2l,O0O lb.
12'.

Max. take-off weight: 34,830 lb.


t,
intake in nose. PERFORMANCE (F-100D)
Max. speed: 865 m.p.h. at 36,000'
'r#w
ENGINFJ
One Pratt & Whitney J57-P-2lA turbo- (Mach l 3).
jet, rated at16,950 lb.s.t. with reheat, in Max. rate-of-climb : 16,000 ft./min.
current F-I00C, D and F versions. Total To the F-100 goes the distinction of having
of 987 gal. of fuel in wing and fuselage been the first production fighter in the world
tanks. Provision for two 208-gal. and two able to fly supersonic in level flight. The
187-gal. underwing tanks, and for flight main versions now in service with the U.S.A.F,
refuelling. are the single-seat F-100C and D fighter-
bombers and two-seat F-100F, which can be
ARMAMENT used both as a fighter-bomber and a trainer.
F-100C has four 20-mm. cannon in A total of 2,294 Super Sabres were built,
fuselage and six underwing attachments F-l00Ds serve also with the French, Danish,
for up to 6,000 lb. of bombs, 24 air-to- Greek and Turkish air forces. The F-100F
surface rockets, Sidewinder air-to-air has been supplied to NATO air forces and to
missiles, pods of air-to-air rockets, Bull-
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Nationalist China.
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NORTHROP F-s FREEDOM FIGHTER (U.S.A.)


First Flight: July 30, 1959 Single-seat lightweight fighter

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Wing span: with Sidewinders attached
Low-wing, sweptback at 25'. Ailerons 26', 1',.
at mid-ipan, with trailing-edge llaps Length: 47'2".
inboard. Full-span leading-edge flaps' Height: 13'1". Wing areo: l7l sq. ft.
Conventional rudder. One-piece all- Whecl track: l0' lO".
moving tailplane low-set on fuselage.
Two air-brakes under centre-fuselage, WEIGHT
which is area-ruled. Air intake on each Mux. rukc-o.ff werglrt: 19,000 lb.
side of fuselage forward of wing roots. PERFORMANCE
Tricycle undercarriage, with single whecl Mu.r. sp<'cd: 990 m.p.h. at 36,000'
on each unit. Main wheels retract inwitr(l ( Mach l'5).
into fuselage. Nose-wheel retracts for- (-ruising spced: 560 m.p.h. at 36,000'.
ward. Radar in nose. M u.r. rutt'-ol-t limb: 30,000 ft./min.
Mu.t. range: over 2,100 miles.
ENGINES Thc F-5 is a single-seat fighter version of
Two General Electric J85 CE-ll turbo- the two-seat T-38A Talon, which has been
jets, each rated at over 4,000 lb's't. with adopted by the U.S,A.F, as a standard
ieheat. Fuel in fuselage tanks with total supersonic basic trainer. The two types have
capacity of 500 gal. Can carry underwing the same basic airframe and engines. Despite
jettisonable tanks. its comparatively small size, the F-5 can
be fitted with the most advanced armament and
fire-control systems available The addition
ARMAMEN'f of leading-edge flaps and provision for the
Normally two Sidewinder or Falcon air- use of rocket-assisted take-off enable it to
to-air missiles on wing-tips. Five attach- operate from small airfields. Single-seat
ments under wings and fuselage lor bombs, (F-5A) and two-seat (F-58) versions are in
rockets, missiles or gun Packs. production for the smaller NATO air forces.
REPUBLTC F47D THUNDERBOLT (U.S.A.)
First Flight (XP-478): May 6, 1947 Si ngle-seat fighter'-bomber

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
Conventional low-wing piston-engined l|/ing span: 4O'9". Length: 36' 1".
layout, with normal aileron, elevator and Height: 14' 2". Wing area: 300 sq. ft.
rudder control surfaces and slotted
trailing-edge flaps. Dive-recovery flaps WEIGHTS
forward of main flaps. Tail-wheel Empty: IO,7OO lb.
undercarriage, with single wheel on each Max. take-of weight: l7 ,5OO lb.
unit. Main wheels retract inward into
wings. Tail-wheel retracts into fuselage. PERFORMANCE
Max. speed: 429 m.p.h. at 25,000'.
Max. rate-of-climb : 2,780 ft. / min. 1",
ENGINE
One Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 Doublc
Rcnge.' 950 miles. /
Wasp l8-cylinder radial engine, rated at
Like the F-51D Mustang, this famous fighter
2,300 h.p. and driving a four-blade air-
of World War II was ofrered by the United
screw. Fuel in two fuselage tanks with States to friendly nations in South America
total capacity of 308 gal. Provision for after the signing of the Rio pact in 1947.
underwing jettisonable tanks.
There was no shortage, as 15,660 Thunder- '-:a;gf!l
bolts had been built during the war, and the
ARMAMENT survivors still serve in the air forces of Bolivia'
Six 0'50" machine-guns, three in each Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican
wing. Underwing attachments for 2,500 Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico and
lb. of bombs or air-to-surface rockets. Peru,
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REPUBLTC F-84G THUNDERJET (U.S.A.)
First Flight: February 28,1946 Si ngle-seat day fi ghter-bomber

AIRFRAME DIMBNSIONS
Low-mid wings, without swccpback. l,lling spun: 36'5". Lengrh: 38'1".
Unswept tail surfaccs, with tailplanc |ltigltt; 12' 7". l|'ing area: 260 sq. ft. '_,.
r.)rountcd part-way up lin. Convcrrtional ll'ltt'tl trat'k; 16' 6". iriisa.ur*flt,
ailerons, elevators, rudder and trailirrg-
edge flaps. Air-brake undcr centrc- WUICIJI'S
I .1

$*:' llr n
fuselagc. Circular air intakc in rrosc.
Tricycle undercarriage with singlc rlrcel
on each unit. Main wheels rctract irrwarrl
into wings. Nose-wheel retracts rcarwilr(1.
Lntpr.r': | 1,095 lb.
l\lu.t. tul,t,-oll wtiehr; 23,525 lb.
l,l,ll{F()Rt\tANCE
l\lu.t. tpt,cl: 622 m.p.h. at sea level.
-.M
ENGINE ,\Ln itc triling : 40,500'.
Onc Allison J35 A 29 turbojct, ratc(l nt lllu:. ntnge: 2.000 nriles.
5,600 lb.s.t. Fuel tanks in wings can bc
supplemented by wing-tip tanks an(l lw()
192-gal. jettisonable tanks unclcr wing
roo t s. Whcn production of the Thunderjet ended in
Julv 195-1. a total of 4,457 had been built.
ARMAMEl\.T 1'hey rvere thc first fi.S. lighters to carry thc
Four 0'50" nrachine-guns in nose and tactical atomic bomb and the first to be
two in wings. Underwing attachnrcnts lbr equipped for rcfuelling in flight. Thunderjets
32 air-to-suriace rockets or up to 4,500 lb. are still first-line equipment in the air forces of
of bombs and other weapons. Iran, Portugal, Thailand and Yugoslavia.
98 ,ffis
REpUBLTC F-84F THUNDERSTREAK (U.S.A.)
First Flight: June 3, 1950 Si ngle-seat day fi ghter-bomber

AIRFRAME I)INIENSIONS
Mid-set wings. swe ptback at 40 Swcpl- 11:itt17 spun: 33' 7". Ltnt!th; 43'4'1"
back tail surl'irccs. urlh orrc-piccc tailplanc Iltitltr: l4'41".
mounted t)ar1-way up fin. Convcnlional
ailcrons, ruddcr and trailitrg-ctlgc llap:. \\'Et(;H]'
Automatic slats on uing lcltrling etlgcs. llrrt. rol,t,-o.lJ x,cl5'lrt. 28.000 lb.
Perloratcd air-brake on cuch sitlc ol rcrr
l'uselagc. Air inlakc in tto:c. I-rieyclc I'l,lltF()RN,tA^-CE
rrndercarriagc. with singlc whcel ort crtclr
unit. Main u'lrecls rctrtct irlu rr(l rrlo rl/rr r. .rpt,rr1. (r95 nr.p.h. at sca levcl.
wings. Nose-wheel rctracts rcarwartl. .\ltt r. r rttt-ttf-t li rrrf: 8,200 l't. ,rnin.
llrtnr,, l.(r0() lrilcs.
'llrc prolotlpc XF-8.1F rvas simpl-"- an F-848
ENCINE lhrrrrrlerjcl li(ted \ith srvept Iings and pow-
One Wright J65 W I turbojct. rirtc(l irl t'rt'rl bv a 5.2(X) Ib.s.t. Allison J-35-A-25
7.200 lb.s.t. lntcrnal l-Ltel lrurks titn be Irrrlxrit't. \\ hcn Curtiss-Wright acquircd a
supple trente tl by two untlcrt irlF tirrrk\ ()l liccnct lo huild the Armstrong Siddeley
up to 375-gal. cal.acily caclt. Lt;trtppcrl Srpphirc lurhojet in America, Republic tittcd
for flight'reluelling. an irnporled Srpphire in the YF-84F- proto-
type lhich fle* on February t4, 1951. The
Li.S.,A.l'. ordcrcd this aircraft into production,
ARMAMENT s ith a Wright-huilt J65 Srpphire. as the
li-ll4F'lhunderstreak, nhich rvas b1'then an
Four 0 50" rlachirrt--guns irt nosc irnd rlrnost entirely nen aircraft compared \rith
two in wirrgs. U ndcrwing atlachnrcnts lbr the original F-848. lt remains in tirst-line
24 air-to-surlacc rockcts, or up to 6.000 lb. scrvice with the air forces of Belgium, France,
of bornbs and othcr weapons. (iermrny, Greece, ltalv and the Netherlands.
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REPUBLTC RF-84F THUNDERFLASH (U.S.A.) lr I i
First Flight: February 1952 Single-seat day reconnaissance-fighter
t
AIRFRAME
Basically similar to that of F-84F Thunderstreak. Engine air intakes St
moved io wing roots to permit the mounting of camoras in the nose.
ENGINE
One Wright J65-W-7 turbojet, rated at 7,800 lb.s.t. Fuel tankage as for
F-84F.
ARMAMENT
Four 0'50" machine-guns, two in each wing.
DIMENSIONS
Wing span: 33'7". Lensth: 47'71". Height: 15'.
PERFORMANCE
Max. speed: 679 m.p.h. at sea level. Max. rate-of-climb: 8,000 ft./min.
Service ceiling: 46,000'. Max. range: 2,200 miles.

This is a straightforward adaptation of Thunderflash remains in service with


the F-84F, cirrying six cameras for the air forces of Belgium, Denmark,
photographic-reconnaissance missions. France, - Germany, Greg-ce, -Ita{v'
_
it was Uriitt in parallel with the fighter- Nationalist China, the Netherlands,
bomber, production totals being 2,711 Norway and Turkey.
F-84Fs and 715 RF-84Fs. The
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REpUBLTC F-105D THUNDERCHTEF (U.S.A.)
First Flight: October 22, 1955 Si ngle-seat all-weather fi ghter-bomber

AIRFRAME attached bombs, rockets, Sidewinder air-


Mid-swept sweptback wings. Sweptback
tail surfaces, with one-piece all-moving
to-air missiles or Bullpup air-to-surface
missiles.
':lM
tailplane mounted low on fuselage antl DIMENSIONS
with a ventral stabilising fin. Ailerons lling .spon: 34' ll". Length: 64' 3'.
used only at low speeds. Main roll control
is by five-section spoilers forward ol' the llaight: 19' 8", Wing area: 385 sq. ft.
wing. Variablc-
large slotted flaps on each wEt(;ltT's
camber leading-edge. Uniclue swcpt- /:rryrlr'. 27,500 lb.
forward air intake ducts in wing r()()ls. l\lur. tul't,-o.ff weighr: 48,400 lb.
'Clover-leaf' air-brake around cxhaust
nozzle, Tricycle unclercarriagc, with t,l,)il.'()RMANCE
single wheel on each unit. Main whccls trlrr t. sptrl: 1,420 m.p.h. at 36,000'
retract inward into wings. Nosc-whccl (Nllch 2'15).
retracts forward. Radar in nose. llo.t. rurc-of -clim6: 34,500 ft./min.
ENGINE ^\trrica :
cai Iing 52.OOO'.
One Pratt & Whitney J75 P l9W turbo- l\1u-t . rungt: over 2,000 miles.
jet, rated at 26.500 lb.s.t. wrth rchcitt.
Approx. 1.000 gal. offuel in fuselage tanks. Most formidable single-seat fighter-bomber
Provision lor one 290-gal. tank in weapon- in thc world, the F*105D replaced the F-1058 lt**'
bay and three 375-gal. tanks un.ler (25,000 lb.s.t. J75-P-5) on the assembly
wings and fuselage. Equipped for tlight line in 1959 after only 75 Bs had been built.
refuell i n g. It is re-equipping F-I00 squadrons in the
United States and overseas as fast as Republic
ARMAMENT can produce it. ln addition to the single-seat
One 20-mm. high-relocity cannon in nose. F-105D, a two-seat dual-purpose trainer/
Up to 8.000 Ib. o[ nuclear weapons in fighter version designated F-I05F is in
bomb-bay. plus 4.000 lb. of externally production and service,
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SAAB-29F (Sweden) Si ngle-seat fighter-bom ber
First Flight: September l, 1948

AIRFRAME Height: 12' 3t".


'7'
Wing area: 258 sq. ft.
Wheel track: 2".
Mid-set wings, sweptback at 25'. Con-
ventional aiGrons. elevators, rudder and WEIGHTS
trailins-edce ffaos. Variable-incidence
tailpla-ne.
-Wing has ' dog-tooth ' leading- fararr': I0.140 lb.
edg'e. Circular rir intake in nose: cxhaust Mi.r.'rake-ol| reigfir: 17.635 lb.
noZzle under tail-boom. Tricycle under-
carriage, with single wheel on each unit. PERFORMANCE
Main wheels retract inward into fusclagc. Llt.t. spted: 658 m.P.h. at 5,000"
Nose-wheel retracts rearward'
Md.\. tdt.'-ol-rlinb: I 1.800 ft'/min.
.\,r'r'lt tziling: 50.850'.
ENGINE Ilt.t. ttrrtlt: 1.680 miles'
One Swedish-built de Havillantl (ilrost
turboiet (RM lB), rrted at 6.2(x) lh.r.l.
with ieheat. Fuselage fuel lirnks carl hc
supplemented by two underwing jettison-
Knorvn usually as the 'Flying Barrel,'-for
obvious reasons, the Saab-29 was the first r
able tanks.
oroductirin
iel fightcr to go into large-scale
\wcDtwin[ 'in
Western Europe. The iniiial
vcrsion, dcsignated J 29A, entered service .{ I
ARMAMENT with thc R.Sw.A.F. in 1951 and was followed
Four 20-mm. cunnon in hottom of nosc. hv thc J 298 uith increased fuel, the A 29
Underwing attachments for 24 air-to- aitack fighter, thc S 29C photo-reconnaissance
surface rockets. version and the J 29F \Yith reheat and 'dog-
tooth' wing, as described above. Although
suoerseded in the R'Sw.A'F.' the J 29F
DIMENSIONS remains operational with the Austrian Air
Wing span: 36' l'. Length: 33'21". Force, whiCh ordered 30 in 1960-62.
106
lu,lL +r,
+*uf;P
SAAB-32 !-ANSEN (Sweden) Two-seat al l-weather fi ghter
First Flight: November 3, 1952

AIRFRA\TE \\irrgs. [Jotlt rcrslorts harc tttlclcraitlg


rttrlhnrcnl\ fOr bonrbs ol trn 1o l.l()0 lb.'
l-ou'winqs. sueyttback at 35 S*cptbeek ai r-to-stirl'tec r(lckct\. ctc.
tail surlaecs. Cottr'cntiotlrl eilerotts.
ele\ators. rudder atttl Iowlcr Ilitps. t)t \l l.l\sl()NS
\Jariablc-incitlcncc tailnlllllc. IrottT rttT- 1.,'rgli '18
brakcs ort sitlcr ol'rcar lusclrgc. I litr'.lc ll irr:::lttut '11' E-.
unde rcarriagc. witlt sirrglc u lltcl otl t rtL lt llt ttltt. li 6'. li inq tr,'ti. 402 6 sr1 lt
runit. Maii *hccls rctrlcl irl\\irr(l irrl') \\ l,.l(;ll'l S {,.\ -12.\)
firsclngc. Nosc-whccl r.^tracl: lirrirrttrl
Radar in trosc. Air intlkc reoop. ttt :ttl. ,
I tn1,tt l.i 1()l) ib.
ol lirsclagc, by cocknit. \l,t ' r,rl, ''rttl r t'i'4!tt 2ll.(,6() it).

ENGINIi l'r,.1{t,( )lt\1.\\( Fl (A -j2A)


Onc Srvcdi:h-built P.olls-lloye c l()() rt r rt ' \/,r r. '/r, , r/ 100 rll.l).11. rt scr Ic\cl.
Avorr (t{Nl 5). ratcd rrl t).')00 lb.s.l. s rtlr \lrtr. titrL ,,1'tlitttlt I l.t{)0 ll. rrin.
rehcal. itt A llA. One Sqctlt:lr irtttlt \,/,/ . tl,tt1 'l).llo
200-se rics ,\ron (RM 6ll). rril((l rrt
Ilrt .\ -12.,\ attack lightcr version of thc
15.200 Ib.s.t. in J 32B and S rl(.
I rrrrst'n. rrhich can dirc at supcrsonic spted.
lrrs erluippttl R.S*..\.I'. squ:rdrons sincc 1955.
ARN{A\,IEN'I' Il rras ioinetl in 1958 b1 tht'.i 32li all-\reathcr
A l2A has lour 20-ttrtll. catltlort itr litsclrtgc liglrtt'r rcrsirtn, \1ilh morc poterlll enginc,
ancl can carry two Su'edish Ilb lo'1 irrr-l() lrcrrier lrmament and much-inlprored per-
sLtrlacc gLtitlctl ttlissiles ttntlcrt ittgs' lt: lirrrtrance . and tlrc camera-carrl ing S 32(-'
shorvn in illustratiorl. .l J2ll lras lirtrr plrotographic-reconnaissance version. Seleral
J0-nrrtt. cnnttott antl cen carry lirLrr Sidc- hundred Lansens of thcse three t]pes rvere
windcr air-to-air lronring rrlissilcs urttlcr its btrilt beforc production ended in Ma1 l960'
l0ll
SAAB-35 DRAKEN (Sweden) Si ngle-seat al l-weather fi ghter
First Flight: October 25, 1955
AIRFRAME
Mid-set wings of unique double-delta ni.
);i
a

planform, with 80" sweepback on inner ,..:


.*1.;',"i

wings and 57" on outer wings. Sweptback 11l;-


fin and rudder. No horizontal tail sur- lt ,.''',::
faces. Elevons on wing trailing-edges are Triif i:1
made up of two inboard and two outboard
surfaces. Air-brakes above and below WEIGHT
rear fuselage on each side. Elliptical air Max. take-of wersfftt; 19,800 lb.
intakes in wing roots. Tricycle under-
carriage, with single wheel on each unit. PERFORMANCE (.r 3sA)
Main wheels retract outward into wings. Ma,r. speed: 1,190 m.p.h. at 36,000'
Nose-wheel retracts forward. Radome at (Mach l'8).
nose, M a.\. rate-of-climb : 39.36O ft. lmin.
ENGINE ln service with the Royal Swedish Air Force
Versions in service have one Rolls-Royce since 1960, the J 35A Draken, described
Avon 2o0-series turbojet, built by Svenska above, has a two-seat trainer counterpart
Flygmotor as the RM 68 and rated at designated Sk 35C. In service since late
15,200 lb.s.t. with reheat. Fuel in wings 196l is the improved J 358 with more ad-
and fuselage tanks. Provision for external vanced radar. The J 35D has a Rolls-Royce
tanks under wings and fuselage. Avon Series 300 engine rated at 17,635 lb.s.t.
ARMAMENT
Four air-to-air mis-
Sidewinder infra-red
IJ:T'iT5th
49,200
"*lri:";#"
ft.imin. The
i",T.xi:"fip#u 3[
S 35E is a reconnaissance
siles. Attachments under wings and version of the D. The J 35F will have Falcon
fuselage for other types of missilei, pods homing missiles and more advanced equipment
containing l9 unguided air-to-air rockets, and will be the main production version.
il0 t.ti|{rrf
1,.-'..r lrfl
SUD-AVIATION S.O.4050 VAUTOUR ll-N (France)
First Flight: October 16,1952 Two-seat all-weather fighter

AIRFRAME DIMENSIONS
M.id-wing, sweptback at 35". Swcptback ll/ing span: 49' 6i'. Length: 5l' 1,,.
tail surfaces, uith tailplane mid-\ct ot) lin. Llcighr: l4' ll". l4/ing orca: 484.4 sq. ft.
and with ventral fin. Convclrliorrlrl WF]IGHTS
ailerons, rudder and splir flan\. All- Iintpt.t:
moving tailplane. Air-brakc orr etrelt rirlr. 23,15O llt.
of rcar fuselage. Engines nrourle(l un(l(.r Mu\'. tolic-off wcight; 45,635 llt.
wings. Tandem nrain undcrcarrragc. uitlr I'IiItIiORMANCE
twin wheels on each unit. Froni whecls
retract lorward, rear wheels rcarwarrl irrltr
fuselage. Small 'balanccr' whccl rrrrrlcr
,\/,r r. rp, trl. 085 nt.p.lr. rrt rcu lerel.
l\l,tr. r,trr'-,tf-tliarb.. I1,800 ft. min.
.9crtict' tcili ng : 50,000'.
..Q,,
each engine nacelle. Radar in nosc 'Ihc Ytutour prototype rvas the first French
radome.
trrin-jct aircraft to cxceed the speed of sound
in a shallorv dive. Various engines rvere fitted
ENGINES in lh(' three prototype and sii pre-production
Two SNECMA Atar l0lE 3 rurbojcls, ntodcls; but all production Vauiours have had
each rated at 7,716 lb.s.t. lircnch-dcsigncd Atar turbojets. Thcy are in
service in three forms. The Vautour II-A
is a singlc-scat tactical fighter, of uhich J0
ARMAMENT wcrc built, first produciion machine flying
on April 30,-the1956.
Four 30-nrm. DEFA cannon irr lrosc. [Jn
Thc first of 40 Vauioui
ll-R tso-seat bombers flcn on Julv Jl. 1957-
to 240 air-to-air unguided rockets in bonrb- and the first of 70 Vautour Il-\ ;ll-\veather
bay. Underwing attachmenl\ lor four !-ghters (to which the above data apply) on
Nord or MATRA air-to-air guided missiles October 10, 1956. Twenty-fiye'bf - ttr"
or MATRA_ packs each iontaining l9 Vautour lI-As have been supplied to thc
arr-to-alr rockets. Israel Air Force.
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SUD-EST MISTRAL 535 (France) Single-seat fighter-bom ber
First FIight: April 2, 1951 ffls, u
AIRFRAME .1.:

Twin-boom layout. Mid-set wings with air intakes in roots. Twin fins
and rudders, linked by tailplane and elevator. conventional ailerons and :lJ ^'/,.- 'l
'!.
split flaps-. Air-brake above and below each wing. Tricycle undercarriage,
with single-wheel on each unit. Main wheels rdtract outward into winEs:
Nose-wheel retracts rearward.
ENGINE
One Hispano-built Rolls-Royce Nene 104 turbojet, rated at 5,000 lb.s.t.
Internal fuel tanks in fuselage and wings can be supplemented by two large
underwing tanks.
ARMAMENT
Four 20-mm. cannon in nose. Underwing attachments for two 1,000-lb.
bombs.
DIMENSIONS
i _____Wing span: 38'. Length: 30'9". Height: 6'2". Vl/ing area: 262sq.ft.
WEIGHTS
Empty: 7,672 lb. Max. take-offweight: 12,655 lb.
. PERFORMANCE
', A^, speed_' 575 m.p.h. at sea level. Max. rate-of-climb: 7,O90 ft./min.
Service ceiling : 49,200'.
I fnis is the French-built version of the in service with the French Air Force. In
, de Havilland Vampire, with a more addition, Vampires are stitl flying with
r, powerf_u! Ngne engine in place of the the Swiss, Indian, Jordanian, Finnish
normal Goblin. It can be distinguished and Lebanese air forces.
'lt by its Yee air intakes. Mistrals remain
.l
N
SUKHOI SU-? (NATO Code-name' Fitter') (Russia)
Single-seat fighter

AIRFRAME
Mid-set sweptback wings. Sweptback tail surlaces. Conventional ailerons,
rudder and lrailing-edge flaps. Onc-piece all-moving tailplane mid-set on
fuselage. Circular air intake in nosc.
ENGINE
One turbojet of unknown typc.
ARMAMENT
Attachments under wings for cxtcrnal itnr)anrent. No guns visible.
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHTS AND PI.]RIIORMANCE
Secret.

It seems l.'orcc fusclirgc and tail unit, and both are in


likely that the Soviet Air
issued a requirement and scrvice in large numbers.
for a new day
limited all-weather fighter in the e:rrly ln gcncral the Sukhoi designs are
1950s, and that the MiG and Sukhoi 'clcaner' than the MiGs. They have
design offices each produced two air- no ventral fins and no external cannon
craft to meet the requirement, one with arrnament. Their pitot boom is moun-
sweptback wings and the other with ted above the air intake, whereas it is
delta wings. As in the case of the MiG- below the intake on the MiGs. ' Fit-
21 and 'Faceplate,' the trvo Sukhoi ter' also has a 'square' fillet at each
designs, code-named 'Fitter' and trailing-edge rving root which offers a
'Fishpot,' appear to have a common good recognition feature.
116
I
'1
SUKHOI SU-? (NATO Code-name' Fishpot') (Russia)
Single-seat fighter

AIRFRAME
Mid-set delta wings. Sweptback tait surfaces. conventional ailerons,
rudder and trailinglsdge flais. One-piece all-moving tailplane, mid-set on
fuselage. Circula-r aii intoke in nosc, with smalf pointed centre-body
housing fire-control radar.
ENGINE
One turbojet of unknown type. Intcrnal l'uelcan-be supplemented by two
jettisonab6 luel tanks carri-ed sidc-by-sidc under the centre-fuselage.
ARMAMENT
Attachments under wings for cxtcrnal arrlliln1ent. No guns visible.
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHTS AND PURIIORMANCE
Secret.

The prototype of this limited all- 'Fishpot' appears to have a fuselage


weather fighter was first seen in the and tail unit almost identical with those
1946 Soviet Aviation DaY DisPlaY.
At that time it had a small conical
of its sweptwing counterpart 'Fitter.'
Its engine, equipment and performance
I
randome above its air intake, rather are probably similar to those of the
like that of the North American MiG-21.
F-86D Sabre. In its production form,
lt8
SUPERMARINE.SCIMITAR F. Mk' I (Great Britain)
First Flight: JanuarY 20' 1956 Single-seat naval daY fighter

AIRFRAME Sidervinder infra-red air-to-air missiles. I


Underwing attachments for bo-mbs. in- |
Mid-set sweptback wings' with slight cluding nuclear weapons, or rocket pods. I
antredral.'Dog-tooth' leading-edges'
S*entback tail su-rflaces with 10" anhedral DIMENSIONS
I

.n'tailplane. Conventional ailerons' ,I


iuAO", aitA one-piece all-moving tailplane' lling span: 37'2", Length: 55'4",
; Blo*n' trailing-edge flaps. Engine air Hai[hi: 15'3'. Wheel track: 14'1".
intake on each side of fuselage by cockptt' ,,

Three air-brakes on each side ot tuselagc WEIGHTS AND PERFORMANCE


aii-of wine. Tricvcle undercarriage witlr ,

iinete wheEl on each unit' Main whccls Sccret.


ietiact inward into fuselagc. Nosc-whccl
retracts rearward. As thc Royal Navy's standard single-seat day
lightcr, the Scimitar serves on board ship 'r

ENGINES sidc-by-side with the Sea Vixen all-weather \


Two Rolls-Royce Avon 200-series turbo- lightcr. Both types can dive at supersonic I
iets. each rated at 11,250 lb.s't. lntcrnal spccd and both can carry flight-refuelling I
i^nks .un be supplemented by four undcr- 'huddy ' packs under their wings. I
wins tanks of up to 800 gal. total capaclty. Thc Scimitar entered service with No. E03 I
Flielt-refuellin! probe can be fitted on Squadron in the Summer of l95E and just over I
starboard side of nose. 100 were built. In additiov to day interception I
duties, it is intended to operate in a strike role, I
ARMAMENT carrying nuclear bombs and rocketsl It can i
Orisinal armament of four 30-mm. Aden also be fitted with a camera pack for photo'
g,ini li u"ing superseded bv a number of graphic-reconnaissance missions.
t20
YAKOVLEV YAK-25 (NATO Code-name' Flashlight') (Russia)
Two-seat all-weather fi ghter

AIRF'RAME DIMENSIONS (approx.)


Mid-set sweptback (45") wings, with slight Iling span: 4O'8". Length: 54'1tt".
anhedral. Sweptback tail surfaces, with
tailplane mounted mid-way ulr fin. IVEIGHTS (estimated)
Conventional ailerons, elevators, rudder Entpty: l7 ,000 lb.
and trailing-edge split flaps. Engincs Ma,t. take-of weight: 27,ooo lb.
mounted under wings. Tandem ntain
undercarriage, with single front whccl I'ERF'ORMANCE (estimated)
and twin rear wheels, all retracting ali
into fuselage. Small 'balancer' whccl a( Mor. speed: 685 m.p.h,
each wing-tip, Radar in roundcd nosc Mu"r. range: 2,000 miles.
radome.
ln scrvice with the Soviet Air Force since 1955,
thc original Yak-25 (code-name 'Flashlight-
ENGINES A') is a rather dated subsonic all-weather
fighter. It has, however, been followed into
Two Klimov VK-5 turbojets, each ratctl scrvice by several improved versions, These
at 8,820 lb.s.t. havc 'dog-tooth' wing leading-edges, swept-
forward wing root leading-edges, and wing-
tips which extend beyond the fairings for the
ARMAMENT ' balancer 'wheels. One, code-named'Flash-
light-C,' has a pointed radome nose. An-
Two 37-mm. cannon, in fairings on each other, known as 'Flashlight-B,'has a smaller
side of the lower fuselage. Pack of un- cockpit canopy, for the pilot only, a glazed
guided air-to-air rockets flush against nose for the navigator/bomb aimer and
undersurface, between cannon, Attach- longer engine nacelles, and is in service as a
ments for missiles under wings. multi-purpose fi ghter-bornber.
t22
YAKOVLEV YAK-? (NATO Code-name' fi".O.r') (Russia)
Two-seat al l-weather fi ghter-bom ber

AIRFRAME
Generally similar to that of the glazed-nose ' Flashlight-B ' version of the
Yak-25." Wing has been raisedslightly to a ' highYmid' position. The
glazed nose cairies a heavy pitot bobm. The engine air intakes are fitted
with pointed centre-bodies. Most aircraft have a radome blister under
their centre-fuselage.
ENGINES
Probably similar to those of Yak-25, but fitted with reheat.
ARMAMENT
Similar to that of Yak-25 in somo vcrsions. Others appear to have no
cannon.
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHTS AND PERI.'ORMANCE
Secret.

'Firebar ' is a development of the that they may be intended mainly for
Yak-25 and was first shown publicly ground attack and reconnaissance mis'
during the 1961 Aviation Day Display sions, rather than interceptio-n. The
in Moscow. The radio commentator design changes have probably given
called it a multi-purpose aircraft, and 'Firebar' a supersonic performance in
the variations in equipment and arma- level flight.
ment on the aircraft shown indicates
t24
YAKOVLEV YAK-? (NATO Code-name. Fiddler') (Russia)
Multi-seat all-weather fighter

AIRFRAME
Sweptwing layout, with wings in 'low-mid' position. Sweptback tail
with twin ventral stabilising fins. Conventional ailerons and
surfaces,
rudder. One-piece al[-nroving tlilplane, nrid-set on fuselage. Main
uldercarriage units retract rclrivlrtl into nacelles built on to wing trailing-
edges. Semi-circular air intakc, witlr pointed centre-body, on each side of
fuselage, alt ol cockpits. Largc blistcr l'airing under cenire-fuselage.
ENGINES
Two turbojets of unknown typc, sirlc-by-side in rear fuselage. Blister
fairing under fuselage is probably cxtcrnul fuel tank.
ARMAMENT
One large air-to-air guidcd nrissilc ctrricd under each wing, outboard of
rlndercarriage nacelles. ln atltlitiorr, thcre appears to be a bomb-bay in
the fuselage, forward of the wings.
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHTS AND PI],RI..ORMANCE
Secret.

9n^" gf the surprises of the 1961 Soviet should have a maximum speed of
Aviation Day Display, this formidablc around 1,300 m.p.h. (Mach 2). Its
long-range interceptor may not yet be span has been estimated at around
ready for ser-vice. It carries a crew of 72 ft. and its maximum take-off weight
two, or possibly three, in tandem and at about 150,000 lb.
126
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| ,)rr! t{ Lt{