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VA (L) Competition - alternatives to the A-7

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Was the Buccaneer ever considered by the US Navy?
 

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andy_d said:
Was the Buccaneer ever considered by the US Navy?
An interesting question!!
Especially so when one considers that the U.S funded the Buccaneer's development via U.S Government / military aid (....sorry I have forgotten the correct title of the funding program). Not to mention that with this funding came very transparent and frequent U.S Navy appraisal and inspections. But I assume that you might already be aware of this fact :)
Would the Buccaneer have been somewhat to big and heavy a design?

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The US did briefly evaluate the Buccaneer (in fact, there was a USN pilot on secondment as part of the RN 700Z Flight evaluators), but the A-6 was selected for that requirement. The Bucc was never a contender for VA(L), AFAIK.

PS: If the Bucc had been adopted by the USN, the process would have been something like the USAF adoption of Canberra. A US builder would have been found and a lot of redesign would have followed. At a minimum, there would have been US engines and avionics.
 

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The Allison TF41 was a licence-built Spey, I believe - so would it have been simple to replace the Buccaneer's RR Speys? And might the Buccaneer subsequently have gone through a similarly extensive programme of development to the B-57? EW and reconnaissance versions...?
 

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NA-295 from another angle. The stand describes this one as a Night Attack Aircraft.

Note main undercarriage wing fairings, horizontal stab dihedral, wing fences, no cannon, no wingtip missile rails, etc. This airplane is quite different from the AF-1F.

Sorry about the focus (not my shot).
 

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Well that's a beauty! I like this!

NA was really trying to wring that last bit of use from the Fury's design!
 

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Nope, that was hit with the ugly stick. Face like a bag of spanners.
 

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Here is a 3-view to NA-295.
 

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XP67_Moonbat said:
Hesham, you're awesome! Thanks, dude!
Many thanks my dear,and the source is;

Штурмовик "Корсар" II. От Вьетнамской войны до "Бури в пустыне"
 

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Hah, if the NA-295 had of won VAL, it seriously would have been entitled to the title SLUF!! :eek:

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Pioneer said:
Hah, if the NA-295 had of won VAL, it seriously would have been entitled to the title SLUF!! :eek:

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My dear Poineer,

in USAF or USN competitions,always the improved of developed versions of old aircraft lost,they
want a new shapes.
 

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I just read in 'Flying Wings & Radical Things' by Tony Chong, that 'Northrop submitted it's N-285B Navy Light Fighter design to the VAL compation' [Page 158-159]

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The attack aircraft "Corsair" II. From the Vietnam War to Desert Storm That's what I wrote. I would be happy to be of service!
('Штурмовик "Корсар" II. От Вьетнамской войны до "Бури в пустыне" That's what I wrote. Я был бы счастлив быть полезным!)
 
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Are there anymore contenders for this requirement which haven't been mentioned?
 
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