I really did change my personal text
- Oct 4, 2007
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TomS said:It might be the pylon rather than the pod. I've certainly seen comments by people associated with the program who say the real reason for the withdrawal was that the pilots didn't like the mission profile and that the vibration issue was just an acceptable excuse. The fact that the version deployed to ODS didn't have the software to do CCIP aiming with the pod was probably also a major factor.
Again, just popping in for a moment. Pilot not liking the mission wouldn't be a factor for the F-20. The idea was to sell as many of them as they could, and if a potential customer with cash wanted a 30mm cannon, then here was a way to give it to them. As I recall from another life back then, though, the problem was that the thing just wasn't that accurate because of vibration and flexing. All the modern sighting systems in the world aren't going to help you if the gun isn't stably pointing where you think it is.