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In real life, French Navy considered to buy some Phamtoms but..... they were too big for the Foch/Clemenceau, so we chose the F-8 instead.

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And a bloomin' good aircraft it was! However, I wonder if the Spey F-4K Phantom with all it's little tricks would have worked?

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And a bloomin' good aircraft it was! However, I wonder if the Spey F-4K Phantom with all it's little tricks would have worked?

 

So do I!

 

The Ark Royal wasn't larger (albeit it had more displacement) than the Clemenceau.

 

With the modifications of the F-4K (especially the higher thrust and increased bleed-air massflow and the resulting higher lift when configured), the Phantom might have worked on the french carriers.

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If I'm right, FAA Phantoms had been tested aboard a french carrier during exercise.

About deck landing or catapulting everything worked.

 

But the F-4 would not have been able to operate on the Foch or the Clémenceau because, on the long term, the deck would have been damaged by the exhaust temperture.

 

FAA carrier on the pic

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French Aéronavale thought about buying A-4, not F-4, never.

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French Aéronavale thought about buying A-4, not F-4, never.

Thankfully, we can put that right.

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The French do paint 'em up verry prettily !!!!!

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McDonnell Douglas F-4J(FN) - Flotille 17F, Aéronavale, 1988

 

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@ Cliff7600 - I know you mean the earlier scheme but I thought I'd try a later scheme using the DLC F-4J skin.

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