I really should change my personal text
- Mar 30, 2016
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The CF-105 was entirely a one-mission aircraft, and a very narrow version of this mission at that. As soon as ICBMs became practical, its fate was sealed. Its aerodynamics and (relatively lightweight) structure (notably the wings) were exclusively optimized for high-speed, high altitude and it suffered from severe g-limitations at low altitude (3 g) that precluded any dog-fighting or low-level penetration. There is no way it could have become a medium nuclear bomber, or a multirole aircraft like the Phantom II. BTW the ATAR-9 family was derived from the BMW 109-003; the Me. 262 was powered by Jumo 109-004s. In the 1940s and 50s, France, as the second most bombed country in Europe after Germany, and its industry looted by a four-year occupation, had to do with what was available.