Thanks to the wonders of Flight Archive, article found:Sundog said:I would have to say it's from the 80's, because that's when I was reading Flight alot. That's an image I clipped out, I didn't save the magazine, so I can't be precise on the date.
overscan said:F-15 Wild Weasel project and a pic of the demonstrator.
Peter E Davies & Tony Thornborough, F-15 Eagle (Crowood, 2001)
The antennae is the same setup that the F-4G got replacing the Vulcan cannon, in fact it's even the same exact fairing.Deino said:Interesting, esp. the antenna (?) between the engines and under the nose !
If you are talking about the STOL versions, USAF official policy has always been that no runway is every going to be taken out, so there is no need to develop anything for that situation.. Therefore, they were never going to develop anything like that, because that might call into question the fundamental way it operates. As far as air-to-air TV, in the early days the technology wasn't there to have the flight control systems that would really be able to use that technology. By the time the necessary technologies materued enough to truly make it practical, missiles with Helmet Mounted Sights were being deployed and they are much more effective (and cheaper) than TV, so it just wasn't worth the money. Also, doing TV on an F-15 might emerge as a threat to funding for the F-22 and this could not be allowed.KJ_Lesnick said:Those thrust-vectoring F-15 designs look pretty cool. Why were they cancelled exactly?
BTW: I take it the 25 mm caseless GAU-7 ammo was cancelled due to problems with the ammunition?
Unknown, but cutting down the size of the antenna would reduce performance, but matching the F-14 antenna size would increase the size of the radome cutting down on approach visibility which gets back to the issue of landing on carriers.KJ_Lesnick said:
Was the targeting turret on the centerline of some of these proposals the AN/AAS-33 TRAM from the A-6E or was it a new development?overscan said:Some models of different warloads for future F-15 variants dating back to the 1970s.
Since they never built an F-15N it's hard to answer that, but assuming they both used the AWG-9, the F-14 would have the advantage of larger antenna and probably more power. One can assume the F-15N would have been able to be fitted with TCS & IRST, or maybe one can't assume that.KJ_Lesnick said:Was there any difference in the radar capabilities of the F-15N vs the F-14A?
I've seen a mockup of another F-15-launched SLV that resulted in a few powerpoint charts, but not much more. The knowledgeable people I spoke with regarded the idea as a crack-smoker's delusion. The SLV was pretty heavy and very draggy, not to mention that it had very little ground clearance since it was mated to the F-15's center hardpoint.XP67_Moonbat said:Responsive Air Launch
Using F-15 Global Strike Eagle
Timothy T. Chen, Preston W. Ferguson,
David A. Deamer, and John Hensley
The Boeing Company
4th Responsive Space Conference
April 24–27, 2006
Los Angeles, CA