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Military jet identification help

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posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 04:05 PM
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As a young kid back in the 70’s while living in AZ I helped a neighbor restore a jet at the Tucson plane graveyard. I think it was a fighter but not 100% sure, could’ve been recon or trainer, IDK. Back then you could adopt a plane to restore, not sure if that’s true today?

Anyways, I’m trying to identify what it was. It was a EU jet I believe, military, 60’s-70’s?, fairly small (MIG-15/17 size-ish), maybe Swiss or Switzerland flagged (can’t remember for sure country) had two seats which were side by side. The most interesting feature was the ejection system. It had a square tunnel that was between the two seats where the pilots would slide over and exit the cockpit via the tunnel and out the bottom of the plane. Tunnel was fairly short and at an angle.

Any ideas on what this could have been?

I can’t find anything on it, sorry I don’t have more info and specifics but this was over 40 yrs ago.
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posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 04:09 PM
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a reply to: mtnshredder

Side by side seats are fairly unique.
An a-6 intruder maybe?

en.wikipedia.org...
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An f-111 comes to mind too but you said it was a smaller aircraft and it’s not small.
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posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 04:23 PM
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There aren't many tandem seat aircraft.
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posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 04:27 PM
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a reply to: Bluntone22

No, it wasn’t a A-6, don’t think it was manufactured in the USA. To the best of my recollection I think the pilot had to have been wearing the chute, as the seats didn’t go with the pilot upon exit. The pilot literally slid out between the seat and I assume was ‘sucked’ out through the tunnel. Couldn’t have been a real quick ejection system for two pilots in an emergency, I wouldn’t think.



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 04:36 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
There aren't many tandem seat aircraft.

No there’s not, which has made it even more frustrating in finding info on it. It was rare, I do remember that. With the distinct ejection system I would’ve thought something would’ve come up but I’m finding nothing.



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 04:42 PM
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a reply to: mtnshredder

Hunter trainer variant?



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 04:52 PM
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originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: mtnshredder

Side by side seats are fairly unique.
An a-6 intruder maybe?

en.wikipedia.org...

An f-111 comes to mind too but you said it was a smaller aircraft and it’s not small.


I think it might be f 111 if it was mothballed they would have removed the rockets from under the cockpit and im betting that would leave a hole in the floor right about where he describes it since the entire ejection system is between the two seats.



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 04:57 PM
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a reply to: dragonridr

Didn’t the f-111 have some sort of strange parachute system?
Like the whole cockpit dropped off



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 05:06 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Thats closer to the style and era for sure. It may have been produced as far back as the 50's I suppose. Although, Hawker's eject through canopy don't they?



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 05:14 PM
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a reply to: mtnshredder

f111 had a capsule probably not what you were looking for.




posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 05:15 PM
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a reply to: dragonridr

No, wasn't an Aardvark.



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 05:45 PM
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a reply to: mtnshredder

BAC Jet Provost?




posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 07:37 PM
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a reply to: grey580

Provost doesn’t have a center ejection tunnel. I’m thinking since the one we did had a center exit tunnel that there wasn’t a perfectly clear canopy above the cockpit. I wish I could remember more about it. I’ve watched a couple of the boneyard vids looking for it but never saw it.

I wonder who I could call down there that might know?

I would think that they’d have some sort of inventory list of restored planes on the property.

Dang rabbit holes!



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 07:54 PM
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posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 08:13 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

To big Zap. I believe it was also a single engine.

I only went down there a few times and worked mostly on the cockpit. I distinctly remember the exit tunnel because I was the one cleaning all the debris and stickers out of it. Perfect job for a 12-13 yr old, LOL.



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 08:19 PM
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Was it a Cessna T-37 ? Tandem seats, trainer, or, A-37 Dragonfly light attack aircraft.

Sorry, I can't post a picture...

But, here's a wiki: Cessna T-37
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posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 08:21 PM
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Why not go to Google maps and look at Pima Air and space museum. Maybe you'll see something that might jog your memory. I'm curious as to what plane this might be.

32.1394239, -110.8686325




posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 08:34 PM
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Is a Sukhoi 15 or 17 a 2 seater?


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posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 08:36 PM
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originally posted by: Bigburgh
a reply to: mtnshredder

Why not go to Google maps and look at Pima Air and space museum. Maybe you'll see something that might jog your memory. I'm curious as to what plane this might be.

32.1394239, -110.8686325


Good idea, seems like I did that a few yrs ago but will try again.

I’ve tried to find model of the craft yrs ago but gave up after coming up with nothing. Now it’s making me a little crazy not knowing. Will try google maps later, thx.



posted on Jul, 9 2020 @ 08:44 PM
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Yea but I realise you're looking for a European aircraft, and Pima I believe only has North American built aircraft.




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