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  1. The runway at Anderson AFB in Guam is noticeably curved, so much so that for BUFF takeoff's we had to brief that the second 70 knot call was the one to start the timer as the first call came while the jet was going downhill and the second when it was going up hill.
  2. Former B-52 flight test engineer (FTE) and B-1 maintenance officer here. The Bone and the BUFF very much could conduct SEAD, or more realistically DEAD using AGM-69 SRAM's, but those were SIOP only and withdrawn in the 90's due to safety concerns. The problem with both of the bombers are that the pilots are bus drivers, almost everything interesting having to do with a weapon is controlled by a Radar Nav/Nav/WSO. The BUFF still has 6 ejection seats, but the Guns position is no longer active as the guns were removed in the 90's. The seat is still there and maintained and available for augme
  3. The book Vipers in the Storm is a must read if you wish to understand USAF block 40's during ODS. The author flew with the 4 FS and 421 FS during ODS, very insightful. Basically, the 388 FW had Nav pods, but all of the targeting pods went to the Beagle squadrons since they had GIB's. Still quite a bit of good info on what a block 40 with the Nav pod could do.
  4. Disappointing to see that statement from the COO, but it does look like FM and performance appendix for the Italian Tornado got pulled down and are no longer public...
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    Aim-7

    The ADF's could and did carry Sparrows, but given the end of the Cold War those went away pretty fast or started using AMRAAM's for the handful that stuck around more than a few years. USAF block 50/52's never used them although many foreign AF's did.
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    Nukes

    QuiGon, The moral argument thing is a particularly bad question to ask me since I signed a no reservation pledge in order to commission as an USAF officer who wanted to fly planes...
  7. mkellytx

    Nukes

    One of the biggest reasons they won't go there is nuclear procedures and safeguards are highly classified. I've flown on nuclear bombers, good luck getting any information to accurately model them on a Viper, Mud Hen, Bug or BUFF. Now what is within the realm of modeling are 50's or 60's era aircraft. If anyone modeled a century series aircraft those systems are old enough to be declassified. It would actually be quite challenging to run an intercept and use a Genie from a Deuce or 106.
  8. Just attempting to educate. This incident was an example discussed in the Equations of Motion short course and an example of an adverse lateral directional modes adversely impacting the longitudinal mode. It also served to reinforce the use of a backside technique to control the aircraft. Backside works on both sides of the power curve, frontside technique on the backside can get you killed. No confrontation intended only correcting that the root chord changed not the span from C to D. Getting on topic, it will be great to get one of the century series with such nastiness at hi aoa.
  9. The wing platform change for the D was an increase at the wing root and adding wing flaps inboard. Even with that minimum control from the F-100C to F-100D were pretty close to each other. Aircraft Weight / Power off Minimum Control Speed (Stall Speed) / Power on Minimum Control Speed (Stall Speed) F-100C 25,000 / 137 (131) / 130 (123) 30,000 / 149 (142) / 143 (135) F-100D 24,000 / 134 (124)
  10. Not really. FWIW, years ago I worked with a retired commandant of USAF Test Pilot School who got his start in Huns. His description of what it was like to fly the plane was, "You grew eyes on the back of your head and when the slats came down the stick stayed centered." The jet had bad adverse yaw and early jet engines weren't know for their rapid throttle response. Get on the backside of the power curve and things go downhill really fast. Piston engine planes and T-33's really didn't prepare guys for to fly it in the left had side of the envelope. By the 60's you had better training
  11. Not quite, the F3 implementation lacked the mid course updates and didn't use the full capability of the AMRAAM, but it was better than Sky Flash. They could and did carry ALARM's though...
  12. Anderson AFB Now that we know the next free map is the Mariana's this has to be implemented. FWIW, back in the day when I was BUFF aircrew...the old crusty RN's used to talk about the 70 knot time call at Anderson being the second time not the first time because of the change of slope of the runway... Cheers SKÖT
  13. The BUFF's aren't carpet bombing anymore because the bad guys aren't kind enough to assemble themselves as a big area target. Rest assured, the last time they did this we gladly dropped 27 mk117's from the bay on them and kept the JDAM's on the wings for clean up. Sadly, they learned and now we play whack a mole with JDAMS and GBU's... Former BUFF aircrew here.
  14. Answering the original question any of the current bombers would be difficult to model in the game. Even if you could do a 4 or 6 position cockpit, the EW station is always the one that lacks unclassified documentation that couldn't be modeled. There's sufficient documentation out there to model the front seats and the offensive station, maybe even model the Laptop controlled targeting pod from 10 years ago. The new cockpit with the color LCD MFD's and with all the nice new data links is too new and not public domain.
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