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  1. Third Wire F-8 Crusader Upgrade & Enhancement

    This has been a labor of love for my all-time favorite fighter aircraft. The service period of this aircraft fits perfectly with the time period that the Strike Fighters 2 game engine gives its best: Gun armed jet fighters with short range missiles and early/ limited avionics.

    Changes:
    -    The ‘SF2V Air & Ground War Expansion v.2.0 Gold’ and ‘F-8 DATA & LOADOUT v1.0 update’ here at CA were used as a starting point for this project.
    -    Maximum G has been changed to 6.3 which is the airframe structural limit in all NATOPS publications.
    -    There are automatically operating ‘fake’ leading edge droops (slats) that simulates the pilot being able to lower them a few degrees with a button on the throttle for cruising flight and manoeuvring flight (aka dog fighting). By ‘fake’ I mean they are not player operated in SF2 or linked to the 3D model but the aerodynamic effect is realistically simulated. You will notice the droop indicator in the cockpit will change with them however. If they were manually controlled in the game the AI would not use them correctly.
    -    Single AIM-9 missiles and rails can be loaded instead of the Y-racks on all F-8 variants. This is done at the loadout screen (and by the loadout.ini file) it is set up so you cannot load single missiles/ rails and double missiles/ Y-racks at the same time.
    -    Cannons harmonized as per NATOPS manual and gun accuracy adjusted to real world levels.
    -    Adjustment to most decal positions and inclusion of Squadron codes on the wings.
    -    Additional details added to most stock skins.
    -    Additional squadron specific higher resolution skins with more accurate markings for that particular squadron.
    -    Included for F-8J (69) is a proposed SEA camo overpaint for the VF-211 aircraft on detachment at Udorn in early 1972 to school USAF pilots in Dogfighting. The repaint was initially agreed to but it would have added 1200lbs so it was abandoned. If you wish to use it and fly DACT against USAF Phantoms you can load the extra 1200lb at the load out screen via a unique station specific hard point.
    -    Overhaul of each data.ini and avionics.ini to bring them in line with the information in the F-8 NATOPS manuals, NATOPS supplements and F-8 Tactics manual.
    -    More detailed pilots and ejection seats.
    -    Fully compatible with ‘SF2V Air & Ground War Expansion v.2.0 Gold’ or Third Wire SF2V campaigns. 
    -    Additional year specific aircraft to better reflect physical and avionic changes. As well as correcting a few mistakes and omissions by Third Wire.
    -    Below is the list of aircraft and a few of the specific major changes you may notice in addition to the list above:

    F-8C 
    -    Missing radar symbology added and radar performance/ parameters corrected. The radar cursor for selecting a target is a long horizontal line that moves up from the bottom of the scope and is only adjustable in range and not azimuth to select a specific radar contact.
    F-8C (66)
    -    Same as above plus:
    -    This is the TW F-8D model modified into a F-8C in order for it to have the Y-rack Fuselage weapon rails.
    F-8D
    -    Missing radar symbology added including steering circle, aiming dot, break X and missile max range.
    F-8D (66)
    -    Same as above.
    F-8E
    -    Radar frame lock, range and shoot cue lights all completely changed and now function correctly. See screenshot for more information.
    -    Missing radar symbology added including range rate circle, which also doubles as the steering circle, aiming dot, break X and missile max range.
    -    Missile firing order and cockpit weapon station section dial corrected.
    F-8E (66)
    -    Same as above plus:
    -    Significant use of the AIM-9C as after a lot of research it turns out they were commonly carried over Vietnam in this period, notably by VF-211.
    F-8E(FN)
    -    Equipped with the nose mounted IRST system like the USN F-8D and E.
    -    This is the TW F-8J model modified into a F-8E(FN) as are all the below French Crusaders so the DLC is NOT required.
    -    Radar frame lock, range and shoot cue lights all completely changed and now function correctly. See screenshot for more information.
    -    Location of Matra R.530 missile rails corrected.
    F-8E(FN) (70)
    -    Same as above plus:
    -    The nose mounted IRST system is removed from all French aircraft.
    F-8P(FN)
    -    Same as above plus:
    -    17 F-8E(FN) are upgraded to extend their service life, included is the Sherloc RWR system.
    F-8P(FN) (94)
    -    Same as above plus:
    -    F-8P(FN) are fitted with a GPS navigation system and antenna.
    F-8H
    -    Retains the AN/APQ-83 radar from the F-8D but uses the physically larger and higher resolution cockpit radar display from the F-8E.
    -    Missing radar symbology added including steering circle, aiming dot, break X and missile max range.
    -    Radar frame lock, range and shoot cue lights all completely changed and now function correctly. See attached for more information. 
    -    Retains ALQ-51 ECM from the F-8D.
    -    Missile firing order and cockpit weapon station section dial corrected.
    F-8H (69)
    -    Same as above plus:
    -    Improved AN/APQ-149 radar fitted in place of the AN/APQ-83.
    -    Additional missing radar symbology added including separate larger range rate circle and separate smaller steering circle. 
    -    A lot of fleet F-8H around this period have had their Nose IRST system (temporarily?) removed.
    F-8H (74)
    -    Same as above plus:
    -    After the Vietnam war F-8H has the improved ALQ-100 ECM in a larger pod installed, and full cannon ammo capacity restored.
    F-8J
    -    Improved AN/APQ-124 radar installed.
    -    Radar frame lock, range and shoot cue lights all completely changed and now function correctly. See screenshot for more information.
    -    Missing radar symbology added including separate larger range rate circle, separate smaller steering circle, aiming dot, break X and missile max range. 
    -    Missile firing order and cockpit weapon station section dial corrected.
    F-8J (69)
    -    Same as above.
    F-8J (75)
    -    Same as above plus:
    -    In 1975 the remaining fleet F-8J (along with the RF-8G) receive the ALQ-126 ECM and ALR-45/50 RHAW RWR. The nose mounted IRST system is permanently removed.
    F-8J (75) [w RWR]
    -    Same as above except:
    -    The cockpit radar display functions as a Vector RWR and not a radar. This is because in real life the pilot could change the radar scope from displaying radar images or displaying the RWR images. The F-8J did not have a separate RWR display. There was a setting in which it would be displaying radar images but if a missile launch was detected the threat bearing line would be displayed flashing over top of the radar images. Not possible in SF2 unfortunately.

    To install:
    1, Unpack and drop into your main mods folder.
    2, Override when prompted.

    Credits:
    -    ‘F-8 DATA & LOADOUT v1.0 update’ by FANATIC MODDER.
    -    ‘SF2V Air & Ground War Expansion v.2.0 Gold’ by Eburger68 and team.
    -    ‘F-8E(FN) Crouze & F-8P(FN) Crouze Prolongé 1.1’ by Paulopanz, Denis Oliveira & Coupi.
    -    Weapons by Ravenclaw_007.
    -    Template by Geary.
    -    Blade.
    -    Wrench.

    CombatAce fair use agreement applies.

    Enjoy,
    Dan.

    219 downloads

       (3 reviews)

    3 comments

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  2. F-8E(FN) Crouze & F-8P(FN) Crouze Prolongé

    This pack is a TW DLC enhancement. So it's needed to work.
     
    WHAT'S IN:
     
    stock F-8E (FN): Prototype, 14F Grey skin
     
    New F-8P (FN): 2 blue skins, special Dernier Catapultage skin; dedicated numbers
     
    OPERATIONS:
     
    - Key 10 cockpit
    - key 9 wingfold
     
    (*) both animations are automatically closed at take off
     
    REFERENCES:
     
    - Gaëtan Marie: LTV F-8E(FN) Crusader
     
    CREDITS:
     
    - Denis Oliveira 3D parts
    - Coupi F-8P avionics & Cockpit aspect (V. 1.1)
    - Paulopanz skins, decals, data.ini edits
     

    INSTALL:
     
    - all in main mod folder
     
     
     
    Enjoy
     

    @ Paulopanz
     

    PS: we need a good Clemenceau/Foch carrier class

    501 downloads

       (4 reviews)

    7 comments

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  3. Vought F8U-1 (F-8A) Crusader for SF2

    The first production model of the Crusader was the F8U-1,which was later redesignated the F-8A. It first flew on September 20, 1955, and 318 were built between 1956 and 1958. The initial order had been for 448 aircraft, but the last 130 were delivered as F8U-1Es (F-8Bs). The first thirty aircraft were fitted with the Pratt & Whitney J57-P-12 engine, but this was replaced with the more powerful -4 version and in all subsequent F-8As. The original thirty were then retrofitted with the -4 as well. This made the F-8A a Mach 1.5 aircraft. Other improvements added during the production run included the addition of a retractable in-flight refueling probe in a blister on the forward left side of the fuselage. This was begun with the fiftieth production aircraft, and retrofitted to the earlier airframes. The original Vought ejection seat was replaced with the Martin Baker F5 seat.
     
    The F-8A was armed with four 20mm canon, thirty-two 2.75-inch rockets in a drawer in the lower fuselage, and two Sidewinder missiles could be carried on fuselage stations. The AN/APG-30 gunsight radar and fire control system was installed for weapons delivery. The first aircraft was accepted for service in December 1956, just four years and three months after the issue of the original requirement by the Navy. It was delivered to VF-32 in March, 1957, with VMF-122 being the first Marine squadron to receive the Crusader. The first carrier deployment was with VF-32 on board the USS Saratoga, (CVA-60).
     
    After being replaced with later versions of the Crusader, the F-8As were relegated to training roles, serving as advanced single-seat trainers. The designation TF-8A was often applied to these aircraft.
     
    Your F-8A has early markings for either VA-32 or VF-122. The rocket armament IS INCLUDED but you will not see the drawer open and close.
     
    This mod has been extensively tested in SF2V.
    A read-me file with installation steps and CREDITS included.

    615 downloads

       (4 reviews)

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  4. SF2 F-8H Crusader, Philippines Air Force Pak

    SF2 F-8H Crusader, Philippines Air Force Pak 10/2/2015
     
    = For SF2 ONLY, Full-4/5 Merged (Full 5 Reccomended/Preferred) =
     
    **Note: This mod references all stock items, from the aircraft & cockpit lods themselves, to sounds, pilots and weapons. You =MUST= have the stock 3rd Wire F-8H Crusader as part of your merged install, from whichever game it originates from, to make full use of this mod**
     
    Some mods of the stock 3W F-8H Crusader recreates the 25 used by the Philippines Air Force from 1978 thru 1988. This is a stand alone, fully "nationalized" version for PAF usage only.
    Serial numbers are 100% historicaly accurate. All markings are decals, and decal randomization is TRUE. Markings represent the 7th TFS of the 5th TFW, PAF.
    The Standard Animation Keystrokes ™ work the canopy (Shift/0) and Wingfold (Shift/9). The aircraft is no longer carrier certified, but the hook remains.
     
    When in game, you'll see
     
    F-8H Crusader (PhAF)
     
    on the Aircraft Selection Drop down menu.
     
    As always, fairly easy to follow, yet detailed install instructions are included. PLEASE read them!!! The "Notes" section may also make for interestering reading, and such.
     
    Happy Landings!!
    Wrench
    Kevin Stein

    143 downloads

       (3 reviews)

    3 comments

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  5. Vought RF-8A Crusader (*)

    The RF-8 Crusader was a photo-reconnaissance development and operated longer in U.S. service than any of the fighter versions.
    RF-8s played a crucial role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, providing essential low-level photographs impossible to acquire by other means.
    U.S. Naval Reserve units continued to operate the RF-8 until 1987.
     
     
    (*) This isn't a complete plane: You will need YAP RF-8G lod to work
     
     
    WHAT'S IN:
     
    - a new plane with a plenty of new skins for US NAVY & US MARINES
     
    OPERATIONS:
     
    - SF-2NA standard carriers operations ready
     
    - Canopy = Key 10
     
    - WingFold = Key 9
     
    INSTALL:
     
    - All in main mod folder
     
    - RF-8G lod from Yap in Aircraft/RF-8A folder
     
    - Optional View mod by KB (follow dedicated readmes in options folder)
     
    CREDITS:
     
    - Yankee Air Pirates for Original SF-1 RF-8G
     
    - Paulopanz Skins, Decals & new RF-8A Data.ini
     
    - the RF-8A team (Vols: 331Killerbee & Corktip_14) for testings
     
    - 331Killerbee Data.ini Tweakings (lights etc.), weapons (Cameras & Flares), optional view mod
     
    - Corktip_14 Data.ini Tweakings (FM etc.), pilot
     
     
    Enjoy!
     
     
    @ paulopanz

    248 downloads

       (3 reviews)

    6 comments

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  6. SF2 F-8J_FN (Aeronavale)

    SF2 F-8J_FN (Aeronavale)
     
    Require SF2 merged install...
     
    Aircraft is base on Thirdwire F-8J_69.
     
    Copy and paste the content to the appropriate folders.
     
     
    The content contain the following squadrons:
     
    EPNER (French Test Pilot School)
    11F Flotille
    12F Flotille (Three special schemes)
    14F Flotille (Two schemes)
    15F Flotille
    16F Flotille
    17F Flotille
     
    Under the French Navy, only 11F and 12F Flotille flew the Crusaders.
     
    The skin colors are Blue/ Medium Grey/ Grey and USN Grey.
     
     
    It is my hope that someone or the MF Team would make a F-8P_FN, as this was the latest version to fly under the Aeronavale.
     
    I have made extensive tweak on the .INI, Avionics (HUD), Data, and Loadout. I also try to make the aircraft as authentic as possible.
     
    Due to the .LOD of the F-8J, there is only the twin pylon rack on the fuselage, if you choose the single weapon option, you will see the missile mounted on the twin rack pylon. The looks is not too bad (you would not see it if you select a larger missile type such as the R-530), if it bothers you, you can edit the .Data and delete this option.
     
     
    Credits:
     
    TK/Thirdwire
     
     
    Cheers
     
    Ace888
     
    26 Feb. 2011

    410 downloads

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  7. F-8E "Crouze"

    ****Aeronavale F-8E 'Crouze'****
     
    You have downloaded the pride of the French Navy, or at least how I saw it...
     
    This is the air-superiority version of the F-8E. Not a pound of air-to-ground. The French operated the 'Crouze' longer than any other operator of the type, and probably far longer than even they expected to. It's a wonderful aircraft and one of my favorites to fly.
     
    I chose an overall grey livery, it was one that I saw in a book somewhere, and I don't know why the Aeronavale painted them that way, perhaps they ran out of white paint for the undersides, but it was one of the most intriguing looks I've ever seen on it. It didn't last long, they painted them this color around 1975-1978 and then went to their dark grey overall scheme, which has been on it since.
     
    REQUIRES SF2: VIETNAM
     
    Consult README for installation instructions.
     
     

    308 downloads

       (1 review)

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  8. Mirage Factory F-8 Crusader Super Pack

    Mirage Factory F-8 Crusader Superpack for SF2 Feb 2010 Patch.
     
    Install information:
     
    Just put into your SF2 saved games/thirdwire/StrikeFighters2 and let it overwrite folders as needed.
     
    For my friend Oli, we miss you greatly.
     
    Dave
     
    Original Readme
    +----------------------------------------------------------+
     
    SFP1 model
     
    Took part in this project :
     
    Aircraft
    3D : initial : Pedro, Rebuild : BPAo
    Skin : Column5
    FM : Column5
    Avionnic : Moonjumper
     
    Cockpit : Pedro, BPao
     
    Effects : Column5
     
    Test team
     
    Manetsim, Gaston, Sony Tuckson, Actarus, Column5, DamWaar, _Thomas_, Camouflage, USAFMTL, Moonjumper, UF Josse, Typhoid, Jimbib, Crab_02
    The content of this file may not be used in a commercial product or any other.
    Any use requires my authorization

    1,763 downloads

       (7 reviews)

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