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Re: A Sea Vixen FAW 3 scenario
« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2018, 02:52:57 am »
The Sea vixen was an outstanding machine that could have been operational by 1952-53, RAF included. Yet it lost seven years and was obsolete as it entered service. I remember reading Tony Butler books back in 2004 and being incensed by the RN uter lack of logic on this case (notably that Sea Venom with conventional fuselage to be a stopgap, was it the DH-116 ? can't remember).

Indeed, it should have been in service much sooner.
I've often wondered what would of happened if the RAF had stuck with the DH110 and not gone down the Javelin route.
In a scenario where the RAF and FAA have Vixens in 1953-54 and get some good developments going with AI.18 mods and AAMs in a Mark II (perhaps after the Sandys cull killing off F.155), then it might make a FAW.3 more likely. or perhaps an F-4 replacement for the RAF and RN more likely? Either way it would have opened up some interesting possibilities.