Fairchild 1984 low-cost Advanced Fighter demonstrator

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Fairchild 1984 low-cost Advanced Fighter demonstrator
 

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Core testbed 'sceleton', aerodynamic modules variations and the whole variants zoo.
 

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Wow, that's a cool concept. I've never seen that before. Is there any information on the engines? They look to be J85's, but that's just a best guess based on their size.
 
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Sundog said:
Wow, that's a cool concept. I've never seen that before. Is there any information on the engines? They look to be J85's, but that's just a best guess based on their size.

Right!

'The vehicle is 35 feet long, has a wing span of 23 feet and is over 8 feet in
height. The takeoff gross weight is 6,980 lb, including 1,750 lb of fuel.
Power is supplied by two General Electric J85 engines mounted in pods of the
type installed on C-123K aircraft.'
 
Hi,


a clearer view to Fairchild low-cost advanced fighter demonstrator.


http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/3.45203?journalCode=ja
 

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Very neat and a reminder of what could be accomplished if serious defense contractors were actually given a strict, fairly low budget and otherwise free hand to design a low-cost combat aircraft. Yes, I know that this was just a technology demonstrator, just extrapolating here. Something like this could have evolved into a sort of stealthy Textron AirLand Scorpion thirty years earlier.
 
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