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F-106A Delta Dart in Vietnam (What if)


F-106A in Vietnam (What if)

 

 

 

Background:

 

During the late 60’s there were serious discussions in the USAF about deploying the F-106A to the conflict in Vietnam. Obviously this never eventuated but the possibility lead to project Six Shooter which saw a gun pack and an improved visibility canopy added to the F-106A. So what would the Delta Dart have looked like if it had served in the skies above Vietnam?

 

In 1968 the USAF conducted a Tactical Evaluation to evaluate the effectiveness of existing tactical manoeuvres by USAF and USN combat aircraft against the MiG-21 Fishbed. It was called ‘Have Drill/ Have Ferry.’ The ADC evaluated the F-106 and found its radar capable of acquisition of the MIG and that radar snap-up attack could be used to exploit the MiG-21's lack of fire control. The F-106 could use better acceleration to get beyond MiG-21 speed limits. A direct result of this evaluation was the ADC recommendation to “expedite fitting the internal gun, redesigned canopy, radar warning and ECM equipment into the F-106”.

 

 

 

So based on the above (factual) information I present the F-106A Delta Dart (69) ‘Nam’

 

 

 

To the SF2 F-106A I have added the following:

 

- Permanently mounted M61A1 Gun Pack (Project Six Shooter)

 

- Internal ALQ-100 ECM

 

- Chaff dispensers

 

- APR-25 RHAW (Audio only)

 

- SEA camouflage (Day and Night)

 

- Pilot in tiger stripped flight suit.

 

- I have also applied the MA-1 FCS ECCM upgrade done to 314 F-106 in 1963. The ECCM system allowed the FCS to reject radar returns resulting from chaff dispersal by a target. As part of the upgrade a final modification resulted in increased missile performance. Modifications to the FCS permitted up to 35 percent more deflection of the Falcon missile’s control surfaces. This resulted in a more agile missile at launch, increasing the missile’s ability to react to a maneuvering target.
To portray this in the game I have made changes to the F-106 avionics as well as a specific ECCS AIM-4F missile.

 

 

 

Notes:

 

- The AIM-4G has been changed to have no audible growl (It never had it) and is slaved to the radar. This more accurately portrays the employment of the IR guided Falcons. You will have to use the radar to know when you are locked on and in range. (Just like a F-106 pilot would have had to done in real life).

 

- The weapon bay doors are manually activated, I prefer this as the animation doesn’t work with most missile shots when it’s set on automatic.

 

- There is a specific version of the M61A1 gun for the F-106 as when installed in the F-106 its rate of fire was limited to 4500 rounds per minute.

 

 

 

Credits for the original SF2 F-106A and SEA skin decals:

 

Pasko
Kesselbrut
Column5,
MKSheppard
eburger68
Sundowner
Dave
DaniloE31
Pasko
DaniloE31
Lexx Luthor
76.IAP-Blackbird
Cliff7600

 

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Dan (Dtmdragon)


 

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I found an error in the "F-106A_63_vietnam.ini" file because Mue's LODViewer was unable to see the textures. The "TextureSet001" and "TextureSet002" have incorrect entries. They do not match the texture directory names or the data in the "TextureSet.ini" file in the directories. Errors pointed out below with corrected entries at the end of the arrows.

 

[TextureSet001]
Directory=SEA <-------------------318SEA
Name=SEA 'What If' <------------318th FIS (SEA)
Nation=USAF
Squadron=318FIS <--------------318th FIS
Specular=0.300000
Glossiness=0.300000
Reflection=0.000000
DecalNumberRandomize=TRUE
DecalNumberBlockSize=20
DecalNumberStart=0
DecalNumberEnd=19
StartDefaultDate=1969
 
[TextureSet002]
Directory=SEAN <------------------5SEAN
Name=SEA night 'What If' <------5th FIS (SEA Night)
Nation=USAF
Squadron=5FIS <-------------------5th FIS
Specular=0.300000
Glossiness=0.300000
Reflection=0.000000
DecalNumberRandomize=TRUE
DecalNumberBlockSize=19
DecalNumberStart=0
DecalNumberEnd=18

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Each time you run the game all of the aircraft.ini files (unless they have been made read only eg stock aircraft made flyable) are reset to match the data in the texture folders. So simply start the game once before you use the lod viewer and everything will match up fine.

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      Background (all factual):
       
      In mid 1964 Operational Requirement No. 5/Air called for a tactical combat aircraft to replace the Canberra. Specifically a long range aircraft with the primary role of counter-air/interdiction and secondary roles of close air support and air defense.
       
      In June 1965 The Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Morrison was quoted as wanting 18 F-111 aircraft for the RNZAF at a cost of £1.5 million per aircraft. The public and media supported the idea but the Chief of Defense Staff (who was a Naval Officer) and the acting Prime Minister publicly opposed the purchase.
       
      In August 1965 the Chiefs of Staff Committee rejected the idea of acquiring long-range interdiction aircraft and in September agreed that close air support should be the primary role of the new combat aircraft.
       
      In December came Air Staff Requirement No. 12 with the following requirements of the new combat aircraft:
       
      - Ability to provide effective air support to ground forces.
      - Highly reliable and robust
      - Self defense capability to evade or counter supersonic interceptors and surface-to-air missiles.
      - Long range.
      - Ability to operate closely with American and Australian forces.
       
      By May 1966 the RNZAF had finished evaluating six candidate aircraft:
       
      - F-4C Phantom II
      - A-7A Corsair II
      - Mirage IIIO
      - F-5A Freedom Fighter
      - F-104G Starfighter
      - A-4E Skyhawk
       
      In August 1966 the RNZAF officially asked the government to purchase 16 F-4 Phantoms at a total cost of £19 million.
       
      Now remember AVM Morrison making it known he wanted the F-111? He would later go on to admit he never wanted the F-111 he had wanted the F-4 all along but given the cost of the F-4 he wanted to make it look more attractive (cost wise) by putting it next to the F-111.
       
      The minister of Defense then announced the final stage of the evaluation had been reached and a decision was a few weeks away. The purchase of the F-4 seemed to be all but done...
       
      BUT the Treasury department now intervened and recommended purchasing the F-5! The RNZAF High Command was furious! But ultimately powerless to halt the path to purchasing the A-4 Skyhwak that had just begun.
       
      Over the next year the RNZAF, Cabinet Defense Committee, Treasury, the Finance Minister and the Chief of Defense wrangled over purchasing the F-4 or an alternative (F-5 or A-4). Then at the end of 1967 the New Zealand Currency was devalued and a squadron of F-4 Phantoms was now instantly out of New Zealand’s price range. It was either 11 Phantoms or 16 Skyhawks. So the Skyhawk it was.
       
      So if the Treasury Department hadn't intervened in the procurement process towards the end of 1966 it seems entirely likely that New Zealand would have placed and order for the F-4 Phantom II at the end of that year. Or once the NZ dollar devalued in 1967 the option of an initial 11 F-4E order followed by another 5 in 5 years was considered, which I have gone for here.
    • By Spinners


      View File [Fictional] Yak-23P 'Flora' - Parani Air Force
      Yakovlev Yak-23P 'Paran for STRIKE FIGHTERS 2
      This is a very simple mod of the stock Yak-23 'Flora' to give a fictional export version for the Parani Air Force. Since my first 'Flora' mod we've had a superb cockpit by Stary so I've included it within this package.

      INSTRUCTIONS
      1. From the AIRCRAFT folder drag and drop the Yak-23P folder into your Aircraft folder.
      2. From the DECALS folder drag and drop the Yak-23P folder into your Decals folder.
      3. From the PILOTS folder drag and drop the PILOT_PARAN folder into your Pilots folder.

      CREDITS
      As always, thanks to everyone at Third Wire for a great little game/sim.
      Big thanks to Stary for his superb 'Flora' cockpit - it's bloomin' lovely.
      And thanks to everyone in the wider Third Wire community.
      Regards
      Spinners
      Version 2 - 29/01/19  
      Submitter Spinners Submitted 01/06/2013 Category What If Hangar  
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