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[Fictional] RAF Phantom FGR.4

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[Fictional] RAF Phantom FGR.4


McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.4 for STRIKE FIGHTERS 2

 

This is a simple mod of the Third Wire Phantom F-4E (early - short cannon muzzle fairing) to give a 'what if' Phantom FGR.4 tactical fighter with markings for No.8, No.20 and No.112 squadrons of RAF Middle East Command as they might have appeared during the 1970's when deployed to Dhimar. All three squadrons have an association with the Middle East and Desert areas with No.112 squadron being especially famous for being the RAF's 'sharkmouth' squadron and all three squadrons adopted this scheme.

 

 

BACKSTORY

 

(Just a bit of fun)

 

The cancellation of the Hawker P.1154 in 1964 lead to the adoption of the LTV F-8E(RN) by the Royal Navy to replace the Scimitar and Sea Vixen and this should have opened up a clear path for the simple adoption of the standard J79 powered Phantom F-4C by the RAF as their preferred Hunter replacement. However, anxious to improve the UK's trade balance with the US whilst trying to preserve at least some UK aerospace jobs the UK Government insisted that the RAF's Phantoms would adopt either the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan or the promising new Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Sequanna turbofan then under development for the proposed Mirage IVB and advanced Mirage III aircraft. The Sequanna was quickly chosen, being both lighter and slimmer than the Spey, and this superb Anglo-French engine fitted the Phantom like a glove whilst producing about 1,000lbs more thrust per engine than the stock J79-GE-15 turbojet but having a much lower specific fuel consumption.

 

First flown in 1964 the Phantom F.1 was based on the USAF's F-4C and entered service with the RAF in 1966 supplementing the Lightning interceptors of RAF Fighter Command whilst the Phantom FG.2 re-equipped several Hunter and Canberra squadrons at home and abroad. The proposed FR.3 was a Sequanna powered reconnaisance version of the RF-4C that failed to materialise as the RAF adopted an advanced podded reconnaisance system but the FGR.4 was the RAF's first true multi-role version of the Phantom and took advantage of the new F-4E airframe, solid-state avionics and the more powerful Sequanna RB.390 engine developing 19,000lbs thrust with reheat. Only 50 FGR.4's were built before production switched to the FGR.5 and the FGR.4's equipped a three-squadron tactical fighter wing in RAF Middle East Command being deployed to Dhimar in the 1970's and to Saudi Arabia in 1990 during the build up to first Gulf War of 1991.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. Drop the Phantom_ FGR4 folder into your Aircraft folder.

 

2. Empty the contents of the Weapons folder into your main Weapons folder.

 

3. Sprinkle the contents of the Decals folder into your main Decals folder.

 

 

CREDITS

 

Big thanks to TK for the continuous improvement of a great little game/sim.

 

Special thanks to Florian for the Tornado Recce pod (re-branded here as British Recce Pod).

 

And thanks to everyone in the wider Third Wire community.

 

 

Regards

 

Spinners

 

v1.0 29/11/09


 

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