How accurate was the claim that Super Tiger was unsuitable for carrier operation? And could it had been used from light carriers? Hermes for example or Foch and Clemanceau?

The Crusader needed some rework to launch from Clemenceau class carriers. Long story: the J-57 was big and bulky resulting in along fuselage and then, even with the variable incidence wing the Crusader landed too fast - you couldn't raise the nose too much otherwise the rear fuselage would have scrapped the deck. So the French had blown air added to the flaps to reduce the landing speed.

**Specifications (F11F-1F)**General characteristics

Crew: one

Length: 48 ft 9 in (14.85 m)

Wingspan: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)

Height: 14 ft 4 in [8] (4.36 m)

Wing area: 250 ft² (23.25 m²)

Empty weight: 13,810 lb (6,277 kg)

Loaded weight: 21,035 lb (9,561 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 26,086 lb (11,833 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × General Electric J79-GE-3A turbojet

Dry thrust: 12,533 lbf (53.3 kN)

Thrust with afterburner: 17,000 lbf (75.6 kN)

Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 2.04 (1,400 mph, 2,253 km/h[8]) at 40,000 ft (12,192 m)

Range: 1,536 mi[8] (1,336 nmi, 1,826 km)

Service ceiling: 59,000 ft[8] (19,980 ft)

**Specifications (F-8E)**General characteristics

Crew: 1

Payload: 5,000 lb (2,300 kg) of weapons

Length: 54 ft 3 in (16.53 m)

Wingspan: 35 ft 8 in (10.87 m)

Height: 15 ft 9 in (4.80 m)

Wing area: 375 ft² (34.8 m²)

Airfoil: NACA 65A006 mod root, NACA 65A005 mod tip

Aspect ratio: 3.4

Empty weight: 17,541 lb (7,956 kg)

Loaded weight: 29,000 lb (13,000 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 34,000 pounds (15,000 kg) ()

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney J57-P-20A afterburning turbojet

Dry thrust: 10,700 lbf (47.6 kN)

Thrust with afterburner: 18,000 lbf (80.1 kN)

Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0133

Drag area: 5.0 ft² (0.46 m²)

Fuel capacity: 1,325 US gal (5,020 L)

Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 1.86 (1,225 mph, 1,975 km/h) at 36,000 ft (11,000 m)

Cruise speed: 570 mph (495 knots; 917 km/h)

Combat radius: 450 mi (730 km)

Ferry range: 1,735 mi () with external fuel

Service ceiling: 58,000 ft (17,700 m)

Rate of climb: 19,000 ft min [93] ()

Wing loading: 77.3 lb/ft² (377.6 kg/m²)

Thrust/weight: 0.62

Lift-to-drag ratio: 12.8

Overall the Super Tiger has a smaller footprint, which wouldn't be a bad thing for the Clemenceaus.