posted on Mar, 26 2005 @ 12:29 AM
this is an interesting discussion;
what would have happened if the f12 would entered in production???it would have been an effective warbird???, i mean, only 3 aim47 to such monster!!,
and all the sr71 maintenance and flight preparation pronlems, i have read an interesting speculation, what would happened if the US would have not
involved in the south east asian war? maybe the mach 3 generation planes (f12-f108)would have been developed? i know that the rapier was cancelled in
late 50s, but maybe would been reconsidered due to the f12 operational problems?
and what about the cf105 avro arrow, suposely the proyect had M3 capacity?
i really prefer very fast jets than supercruiser jets, i mean is a little stupid disperse the performance in supercruirer (the entire flight), and
dont use the maximus performance in some trayectorie danger-warning-zones.
empty weight; 23tons
engine power;2x j93 13 tons each
max speed; M3
missiles;? AIM47 ;true relative speed M3-4, total speed M7-6 -but remember that the launch speed isnt the max-(how many carried???)
empty weight; 27tons
engine power;2xj58 15 tons each
max speed; M3.2
CF 105 Arrow
empty weight; 22tons
engine power;2xj75-iroquous 12 tons each
max speed; M3
missiles;? AIM47 ?sparrow 2 ?
i think that the worst for air interception would have been the f12, the security record is an disaster, considering the cost of each plane and the
real fly-hours that need an trully operative plane, but that is very subjetive, because the other two (108 and 105) never were real aircrafts, but
maybe the best is the f108, because it looks simpler and not so problematic like the f12.
i dont see any 3sonic european plane, even proyects, the europeans did not have the capacity to such proyect?
[edit on 26-3-2005 by grunt2]