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13-02-2008

 

A French Mirage jet crashed into the ocean after its pilot and navigator

ejected from the plane when they noticed a technical problem, the Defense

Ministry said Wednesday.

 

The pilot and navigator were unharmed — one was picked up by a fishing boat

while the other was taken in by coast guard officials, the ministry said in

a statement.

 

The two noticed a technical problem during a training flight Tuesday, and

flew out over the Bay of Biscay off southwest France so the jet could crash

without harming people or property, the ministry said.

 

The Mirage 2000N was based in Luxeuil in the Burgundy region. The ministry

said officials were to open an inquiry into what went wrong.

 

International Herald Tribune

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One of their tactical nuke fighters, I don't think they've built any of those for awhile now. I don't know when or if the Rafale is scheduled to take over for it.

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One of their tactical nuke fighters, I don't think they've built any of those for awhile now. I don't know when or if the Rafale is scheduled to take over for it.

 

I read somewhere that the Rafale B (or was it D?) is supposed to be able to use the ASMP. That was back in 2004 though.

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man, arr you kidding? :blink:

 

THAT's HOW WE SHOULD FLY :biggrin:

 

We??? what is this we thing?

You are from Tacoma WA. arn't you American?

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Yeah, and that's his point. That the US should fly like the French. Something tells me there are some COs that disagree. :wink:

 

If I may say, I also disagree with that.

You don't have to be a stunt pilot to be a good one.

Being a good stunt doesn't make you a good fighter as well.

 

fact: stunt flying was never a strong point with the Israeli air force.

 

Think about it.

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You tend to have higher attrition, possibly higher loss of pilots, and at a minimum more wear and tear on your airframes. Imagine how many F-15s might have been lost by now if they'd been flown like that??

 

That reminds me, any word on what the IDF/AF might have found with their fleet of F-15s as far as cracks or mis-manufactured longerons?

The USAF isn't the only one with F-15s built in those years! Saudis and Japanese have them, too, although I think Japan built most of theirs...not sure how much of the work was done there of course. Might have used McD-supplied parts for some areas like that.

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Japanese have them, too, although I think Japan built most of theirs...not sure how much of the work was done there of course. Might have used McD-supplied parts for some areas like that.

 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries built all but 2 of the the F-15J/DJ Peace Eagles.

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That reminds me, any word on what the IDF/AF might have found with their fleet of F-15s as far as cracks or mis-manufactured longerons?

 

AFAIK nothing was found on the Israeli F-15s.

 

maybe because thay where gone through BAZ 2000 program for upgrading them both in avionics and structural overall.

That program started in 1995 and is still going on. :good:

Edited by MannieB.

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Yeah, in the early 90s we already had the replacement ATF program underway which was (at the time) to replace all the F-15A/Cs by the turn of the century. Instead it took a decade longer and we're only getting 1/4 as many F-22s.

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I don't know if "losing" is the appropriate term so much as "blunting"...use a sword enough without taking time to stop and sharpen it...

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