posted on Jun, 27 2005 @ 03:38 AM
I had a thread on the same subject too, it got very long and now I can't find it anywhere, maybe it got zapped to BTS like a lot of mine seem to
Anyhow, to answer all your points;
NWGuy, I made the name Venom up, and I did say so so its not really a hoax.
I actually do think it will entern service in America as the 'F/A-35' and I would be well pleased if the name Venom was adopted as (a) I really like
the name anyway, it sounds short snappy and dangerous. (b) The DH Venom is one of my favourite early jet fighters and as we are reviving the name
'Typhoon' why not Venom as well?
It is more than likely that the RAF and RN designation will follow the US pattern ie Venom F/A.1, but I personally prefer the old style FG designation
that we used on the RN version of the Phantom.
Jetsetter, How come the F-16 is called the Viper, and by whom? I always thought it was the 'Fighting Falcon' (which I hate by the way, too much of a
gobful for a fighter IMHO).
Jezza, interesting idea
You mioght be surprised to learn that before the F-16 was named it was announced that it was going to be the Mustang II
but then GD or the UASF or whoever it was had a rethink and decided not to, I prefer Mustang II to 'Fighting Falcon' anyday. Although 'Viper' is