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[Renewed] CF-110K Phantom II - Royal Canadian Navy

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This contains three F-4K Phantom IIs in the markings of the Royal Canadian Navy. The real CF2H Banshee squadrons, VF-870 and VF-871 are portrayed.

 

The three time periods of TK's F-4K DLC are represented, original, 75, and 80.

 

For all, a standard US Navy Gull Grey/White skin is provided, and for the F-4K 80, a two-tone grey camouflage is also provided. The latter is similar to the camouflage seen on some US Navy and USMC F-4 Phantoms near the end of their service life.

 

Modified F-4J loadouts are used.

 

Please note carefully: You cannot use the inboard pylons and the AIM-9 rails simultaneously. If you load one, the other will empty. This is not a bug per se, this is simply an inbuilt limitation for the Spey Phantoms.

 

The aircraft has been tested in a merged SF2 installation, patched to August 2012.

 

Backstory

 

The idea for this aircraft comes from my alternate history site. It was first operated by this alternate Royal Canadian Navy in 1968 (in this timeline, there was no unification in the Canadian Armed Forces)

The aircraft was meant to serve on Canada's two Essex class carriers, HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Magnificent in the fleet defence and strike roles. In order to get the performance required for such small carriers, a new turbofan was developed by Orenda, the Orenda Huron. Redesign of the Phantom airframe to accomodate the larger engine was done by Avro Canada.

 

The article for the aircraft itself is found here::

http://themarshall.w...-4K.2FM_Phantom

 

Installation

 

***********NOTE: TK's F-4K Phantom II from the DLC Store is required for this mod***************

  • Copy the contents of the Aircraft folder into your Aircraft folder.
  • Copy the contents of the Decals folder into your Decals folder.

No new weapons are offered. During the timeframe of this aircraft, the Royal Canadian Navy used standard US Navy non-nuclear weapons.

 

Credits

  • TK - For the SF series of games, the F-4K DLC, and the F-4 USN/USMC Skin Pack.
  • Sundowner - For the Spey nozzle grafted on to the F-4 skin, and his F-4B templates.
  • paulopanz - F-4K DLC enhancement pack
  • Olivier ANGUILLE: EMI Reconnaissance Pod
  • ravenclaw_007: High-definition AIM-7 Sparrow missiles


 

Edited by Sheriff001

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I have added the changes from the [Fictional] RAN, RCN, RAAF, RCAF F-4K/M Phantom update pack to this file. These changes include a reconnaissance pod, rail launched Sparrow missiles on the inboard wing pylons, and various skin fixes.

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    • By MigBuster

       
      Ahh that old familiar tale you say - of course, in the late 1960s the F-4 Phantom II finally had a gun installed, which meant that everything was better, magical unicorns danced around the sky and the Vietnamese MiGs would fall from the sky in droves!
      Okay so that didn’t quite happen….......what did?  
       
       
      Note - These articles are a compacted summary of a rather massive topic and will discuss the F-4 and Guns in Vietnam mostly ignoring missiles. Vietnam will be used instead of SEA. And USN includes the US Marines for simplicity.
       
       
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      Firstly, with different equipment, ideas and ways of doing things the United States pretty much had different Air Forces in the US Navy (USN) and the US Air Force (USAF), so it is important to draw a big red line between them with a quick summary:
       
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      Air to Air Refueling with Drogue and Basket Use of AIM-9B/D/G/H versions of Sidewinder only as Short Range Missile. Never fitted Guns, and only rare use of the MK4 gun pod (mostly Air to Ground use).  Internal ECM equipment. Different Radars (AN/APQ-72, -59 & AWG-10 Pulse Doppler) Had no flight controls in the back seat In 1972 preferred used of AIM-9G/H Sidewinder over AIM-7E-2 Sparrow Used more flexible Loose Deuce A-A formation tactics Carrier and land based (Marines)
      USN F-4J refueling drogue and chute style (USN)
       
       
      USAF F-4 Versions in Vietnam
      F-4C (F-110A) – Based on the F-4B with USAF changes. F-4D – Improved F-4C. F-4E – This is the (only) F-4 with the internal Gun. Major Differences compared to the US Navy
      Air to Air Refueling with Boom Used AIM-9B/E/J versions of Sidewinder Used AIM-4D Falcon for periods over the AIM-9 on F-4D/E External Podded ECM equipment Different Radars (AN/APQ-100, -109 & -120 ) Use of Gun Pods (SUU-16 & SUU-23) Had some flight controls in the back seat In 1972 preferred use of AIM-7E-2 Sparrow over AIM-9 / AIM-4 Insisted on sticking to the obsolete / useless fluid four (Welded Wing) A-A formation tactics right to the end.
      USAF F-4 nears the boom of a KC-135 in 1967 (USAF)
       
      Why no gun on the F-4 to start with?
      On the 18th September 1947 the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) became the USAF and with the limited budget constraints after WWII, Strategic Air Command (SAC) was seen as security priority and was thus given the major funding over the Tactical Air Forces (TAF).
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      Some of this thinking was perhaps driving the US Navy with their F4 program in the 1950s. The USN had a requirement to intercept Soviet bombers attacking the fleet above 50,000ft out of the range of gun armed fighters and thus from 1956 the AIM-7 Sparrow III was to be the primary weapon with a gun as secondary. By 1957 however the gun was deleted from the design because the new AIM-9 Sidewinder was to be the secondary weapon.
      Feeling in the USAF really was in some respects that the day of the gun had past,  working at the Pentagon in Air Force Operations as a colonel in the early 1960s, Maj Gen Richard Catledge recounted his Pentagon experience with the antigun sentiment and General Momyer:

      I realized this two-star, General “Spike” Momyer[,] ran the Air Staff—very strongminded individual, very knowledgeable individual, who did his homework on everything. . . . It was his belief and his concept that future airplanes would not have guns in them. There was no need for guns. I couldn’t believe this when I came across it in the Pentagon.
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