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AMD/BAC Taranis FGA.1 for STRIKE FIGHTERS 2
This is a simple mod of the stock Third Wire Kfir C1 to give a fictional AMD/BAC Taranis FGA.1 fighter-bomber with markings for No.1 and No.54 squadrons of the Royal Air Force in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
The RAF's search for a Hunter replacement took many twists and turns but by 1962 the focus had come back to a more basic and austere fighter-bomber but still with supersonic performance. Dassault had previously proposed the promising Avon-Mirage (first flown in February 1961) to
the RAF and had also unsuccessfully offered it to both Australia and Switzerland but by 1963 Rolls-Royce and SNECMA were offering their outstanding Sequanna turbofan to Dassault with the potential for 12,000lbs of dry thrust and 18,000lbs with reheat.
However it was not until the cancellation of the TSR.2 in April 1965 that BAC and Dassault could formally combine to offer a version of the Mirage IV delta-winged bomber to the RAF and also the proposed Mirage 'Angleterre' fighter-bomber, both powered by the Sequanna and both immediately accepted by the UK Labour government with a formal order issued in 1965. BAC's involvement was clearly politcal (and initially confined to the production of the UK versions of both aircraft) the BAC Warton team threw themselves into both projects being just grateful to actually have something on the assembly line after the Lightning.
Whilst based on the proposed Mirage V (itself designed to meet an Israeli requirement for a simplied Mirage III) the Sequanna powered version of the Mirage required slightly larger intakes and also an additional air inlet installed at the base of the vertical stabilizer for additional cooling air needed for the SNECMA designed afterburner. In June 1965 the 'Taranis' name (after the Celtic God of Thunder) was bestowed upon the aircraft and development moved swiftly during 1965 and 1966 culminating with René Bigand flying the first prototype from Istres in early December 1966 whilst the second prototype flew from Warton in the following March flown by Roland Beamont.
The Taranis entered service with EC 1/2 'Cigognes' Armée de l'Air in August 1968 and with No.1 squadron of the Royal Air Force in January 1969.
1. From the AIRCRAFT folder drag and drop the TARANIS_FGA1 folder into your Aircraft folder.
2. From the DECALS folder sprinkle the contents into your main Decals folder.
Do not just move the folder! You must empty the contents in.
N.B. Some B-type 'tactical' markings are also enclosed if you'd like to have the Taranis as it might have appeared later on in it's service life.
BIG THANKS to TK for the continuous improvement of a great little game/sim.
And thanks to everyone in the wider Third Wire community.
Version 1 - 07/08/10