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  1. Sea Harrier FA2_2018

    Not another Sea Harrier FA2 I hear you say.........well...yes.
    Original Mirage Factory max file extensively rebuilt by me, too many modifications to mention, same goes for the pit.
    Backup any other versions you may have as unlike a lot of mods posted on here nowadays I'm not telling you to dump other folks hard work because mine is better.....you decide for yourselves (rant mode off).
    You WILL need Thrust Vectoring set up in your controls to fly this thing.
    Please read the ReadME......without it this thing would not of got released..
    Mirage Factory product.
    Have fun.

    181 downloads

       (1 review)

    2 comments

    Submitted

  2. RF-101 Camo

    2 Skins for Erikgen's Superb RF-101 Voodoo.
     
    Please read the readme.

    67 downloads

       (1 review)

    1 comment

    Submitted

  3. Fairey Vanquish B2

    "What if" Britains 4th V Bomber.

    148 downloads

       (2 reviews)

    1 comment

    Submitted

  4. tsr2_2017

    TSR2...........The Alternative Story
     
    6 April 1965 was set to be a sad day for the British aircraft industry, the cancellation of the TSR2 was imminent, the costs were spiralling and the project was slipping further backwards, the project had its supportures but its biggest enenmies were those in power.
     
    But, on the morning of the 5th April something nobody saw coming happened, something that if it turned out to be true could save the entire project and thousands of jobs in the UK avation industry, indeed ministers in parliment were astonished to say the least, if the project was killed off now the British public would be furious , questions would be asked and answeres would be demanded, the government had some serious decisions to make, and quickly for the offer was for 24 hours only !
     
    So what had happened ? Well at 9:45 GMT the British Aircraft Corporation were thrown a lifeline, an American company had stepped in with an offer to see the project through, they were willing to finance all that had been spent on the project so far, this would mean that all the British tax payers money was safe, they were willing to pay back to the British government what they had spent on development costs so far.
     
    In return they wanted the British to basically start again with the project financially, they would work with BAC to carry out further development and testing on a 50/50 cost basis , supplying their own expertise as an aid to the programme.
     
    So, essentially the TSR2 project could be saved, from now on the cost would only be half of the projected costs , somebody wanted in on this venture badly, but who and why ?
     
    April 6th was the day the axe was supposed to fall on the TSR2, government ministers shuffled in their seats as the announcement was due to be made, silence fell , the announcement was short. "The TSR2 Project WILL Continue", there were gasps of amazement amid cheers of joy.
     
    Over the next few hours many questions were asked, some answered, some not, but the main one was WHO ??
     
     
     
    Enter onto the scene one of the worlds if not the worlds most famous aircraft manufactures,
     
    Boeing
    Yes, Boeing, the company famous for its outstanding range of airliners and bomber aircraft.
    Boeing saw the potential of the TSR2 programme and whilst traditionally being a manufacturer of large designs it wanted a smaller tactical bomber/attack aircraft than its previous offerings.
    The war in Veitnam was looming and rather than starting from scratch the wise men at the company saw that the combined companies that make up the British Aircraft Corporation had the expertise to pull the project through , they just needed access to more money, money Boeing were willing to commit.
    Boeing would not only help financially, they wanted to help solve the current issues and take development further, indeed they wanted to market the project world wide !
     
    The flight testing carried on at quite a pace, problems were found and solved, with there not being as much red tape and politics to go through as previously progress was finally being made.
     
    To get things moving and keep politicions quiet the first batch of the BAC/Boeing Thunderstrike GR1A as it was to be known entered service with the RAF on December 1st 1966 and the RCAF taking its aircraft the following year. Only 100 of this version were produced 60 for the RAF and 40 for the RCAF.
     
    The GR1A was hurried into service so that the BAC/Boeing designers could address some of the types more seroius problems.
    From day one the TSR2 had been dogged by the extremely tight fit of its engines, airframes were matched to engines and a single engine removal to take 60+ hours, obviously this could not continue, there was no way the airframe could be widened externally, the only sensible answer was to get rid of the bombay and move the engines slightly closer together, the airframe was strengthened for under fuselage pylons and a fixed 700 gallon tank in its place also doubling up as a heatsink for gearboxes and the like, this was a trade of in all directions but as the original design required a removeable 680 gallon tank in the bombay and an optional 1000 gallon panier tank it was considered the best way forward.
     
    The next issue was with the main gear, right through the testing phase it had proved troublesome and prone to slapping when the first wheel made contact with the runway, numerous fixes had been tried but even now the in service GR1A's were still having issues.
    Again Boeing's design team came up with the solution, it was stunningly simple ! They got rid of the tandem swivelling upon retraction complicated system for a more conventual single leg with a pair of wheels attached to it, the same alloys as used on the B52 main gears were used as it was considerably stronger the the British equivalent.
     
    The improvements implemented over time were immense , just about every single part of the aircraft and its systems were changed in someway , only the basic shape of the original TSR2 remained the same.
    Even while the original GR1A's were being delivered the next model was starting to enter the production phase, this time the aircraft had gained two 30mm Aden cannon under the nose, the original proposal for a side ways looking radar had been abandoned soon after Boeing got involved [this was now installed into the reconnaisance pod] so the cannons used up the space that had been gained by its removal.
     
    The next design change was probably the most ambitious , Boeing wanted something that was never on the cards for the TSR2 project, they wanted a navalised version , something to compete against the RA-5C Vigilante, the British design team were astounded by this, but Boeing who had several aircraft for evaluation and flight testing had now got their own production line running, with all this extra capacity anything could now be possible !
    The modifications to the bombay area and fitting of under fuselage pylons had inherantly strengthened the whole underside of the aircraft, a "full strength" arrestor hook had been installed from day one instead of the original proposal for an "one time" emergency type, the fin was essentially cut in half to make it fold for carrier stowage.
    Production of all the navalised versions was to take place at Boeings own plant, initally the US Navy were very reluctant to even trial the idea of a British jet on their carriers, but Boeing's persistance paid off and the Navy placed orders for two versions ; an all out attack variant and a dedicated reconnasiance platform.
    For the Marines it was a no brainer, the aircraft was perfect for their "in country" mud moving roll.
    It should be noted that all these US aircraft and indeed the Export version that followed all used US built Pratt and Whitney engines, US sourced ECM and countermeasure systems and carried either two Browning 20mm cannon or the 20mm Vulcan "gatling gun"
     
    Export customers for these US built versions included Isreal and Austrailia among others.
     
    Meanwhile back in the UK the RAF versions continued to flourish, changes were generally small and more inline with keeping up with current upgrades to software and such, the biggest problem was with there being so many versions in service at the same time, engines grew ever more powerful even though the design had never been short of power, a dog fighter it was not but down low at high speed nothing came close.
    The terrain following radar was a world beater, the ride was stable down low and the wide angle HUD made sure "head down" time was virtually not needed.
     
    South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and Canada were among the UK spec exports.
    Once the Royal Navy accurired its Malta Class carriers it too became users, these carriers and these aircraft being the biggest the Royal Navy had ever operated.
    The one thing that did come about from the navalised versions was the fitting of cannards to the nose section , roughly in line with the pilots position. These were fitted to cure a nose down tendancy in certain circumstances when taking off from a carrier, infact several US Navy aircraft were lost and all remaining aircraft were only to be flown by senior pilots with 2000 hours or more.
    Two small pitot tubes were positioned in front of each intake to limit the angle of the canard if the airflow became close to intake surge limits.
    Pilots reported a general feeling of more stability under weapon launch conditions and the RAF's
    GR7 version came with them as standard fitment........if only they had been discovered earlier.
     
    The GR7 was basically the RAF's ultimate Thunderstrike, the original internal ECM fit was very limited in effectiveness and difficult to upgrade so after many years of trying different configurations of US built pods the design team at BAC eventually came up with two purpose built pods which could be installed onto the wingtips replacing the two IRM stations, the pods could be removed in less than one hour making upgrading easier and as a bonus they were more aerodynamic and didnt use up a valuable wing pylon.
     
    The complete number of versions and operators as well as actual combat accounts would be the topic of several volumes, far too much for this brief account of an aircraft which was destined never to be if it was not for a last minute gamble from Boeing.
     
    After a total production run from the two factories of 4500 aircraft I think it is safe to say the gamble paid off.
     
     
                                   TSR2_2017

    As you've probably already realised the TSR2 is a bit of a favourite of mine,
    So.....what's new this time you ask ? More versions, more stuff remapped, more model tweaks, new cockpits and still more to do. Half the fun is seeing if you can find what's changed from the previous releases [if you had them]
    This is one aircraft I will probably never stop tweaking so I thought I'd better get what I have so far realeased.
    For those of you that already have the older version I can't stress enough that you should move them somewhere safe in case you dont like these.
    Just letting them overwrite is NOT a good idea as you will screw up both sets.
    Installation is just a case of copying everything FROM the TO_MOD_FOLDER TO your modded game install.
    Just remember this is a What If, I'm not really concerned about what would have been feasable and what would'nt, we will never know so I've just gone on what I would like to see.
    Enjoy
    Sundowner
    [Ant]
    17/09/2017
    .......NOT TO BE USED IN ANY PAYWARE OR RE-RELEASED WITHOUT MY PERMISSION.... 
     

    253 downloads

       (2 reviews)

    0 comments

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  5. Cockpit background comms sounds.

    This is a little in cockpit sound mod I've been using to replace the stock sounds, I feel it adds a little extra immersion by adding background radio comms to the cockpit environment..
     
    With the appropriate comms you can set up virtually any aircraft from any nation to play background sounds in the language of your choice, this pack uses RAF/US comms but other languages can easily be added by the end user following my examples.
     
    Sorry , but reading the readme is a must with this mod.
     
    You WILL need to BACKUP some of your files first. !!

    332 downloads

       (2 reviews)

    2 comments

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  6. Photo Real UK Terrain V2.

    This terrain now uses the 250 meter resolution as described here....
     
    http://combatace.com/topic/89389-kamchatka-250m-version-with-adjusted-tileset-etc/
     
    Thanks Stary.
     
    Please be aware that due to the terrain resolution, number of objects etc this terrain may take a while to load or not even run at all...Reading the README's is vitally important..!!
     
    What's new ?
     
    We now have seasons but the winter version dose'nt have snow as I cant seem to get it right.
     
    Quite a few new tiles and tod's for the new airfield layouts by myself.
     
    Lots of new objects including several complete RAF style airbase layouts made by myself.
     
    I have included a few ground object files, some downloaded from here [ships] and some made by myself [RAF trucks and radar etc] but to make sure everything shows I would get just about every UK ground object you can from the CA downloads section.....there are just too many for me to add to the file and keep its size fairly small.
     
    FINALLY a big "THANK YOU" to EVERY body that has made any mods for the SF2 series..........there's a good chance some of you work is used here ....Thanks again.

    804 downloads

       (8 reviews)

    7 comments

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  7. Alternate Falklands Terrains

    Firstly I strongly advise that you install the Falklands_1982 mod by eburger & team.
     
    http://combatace.com/topic/74604-sf2-falklands-mod-redux/
     
     
     

    Two new versions of the Falklands/Malvinas terrain.
     
    Hopefully most of the issues with the original are now sorted, coast lines have needed to be changed here and there and the terrain itself is much more uneven with more pronounced hills and mountains, two seasonal variations are included.
     
    Please read the readme....it really does have some useful stuff in it.
     
    Many thanks to eburger & the team that worked on the original mod.

    520 downloads

       (7 reviews)

    1 comment

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  8. F-4M_GA

    Complete standalone aircraft; F-4M_GA [Ground Attack].
     
    Single seat Spey powered F-4M, A/G only , built in ECM & FLIR, 2x 30mm Aden cannons, more weapons capabilities than "normal" F-4M.......go kill something!!
     
    Also, bonus item added at last minute.
     
    Have fun.
     
    Sundowner [Ant]
     
    Oct 27 2015.

    226 downloads

       (4 reviews)

    1 comment

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  9. F-4M_TMF_OCT26_2015

    This F-4M from the Mirage Factory will replace all previous versions as so many changes have been made since the last release......please read the readme.
    THIS ADDON MAKES USE OF THE THIRDWIRE F-4M COCKPITS SO YOU MUST HAVE A WORKING VERSION OF WINGS OVER EUROPE INSTALLED.
     
    All markings except serial numbers/letters are painted on......if you don't like this style of skinning then don't download it.
    Tested on a fully merged July 13 install.
    Please be aware that this is a Mirage Factory product so no modifications to be uploaded without permission please.

    325 downloads

       (8 reviews)

    2 comments

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  10. F-4K_TMF_OCT26_2015

    This F-4K from the Mirage Factory will replace all previous versions as so many changes have been made since the last release......please read the readme.
     
    BEFORE downloading this file you will need to have the ThirdWire F-4K DLC installed as this mod aircraft uses the TW cockpits, if not it just wont work.
     
    All markings except serial numbers/letters are painted on......if you don't like this style of skinning then don't download it.
     
    Tested on a fully merged July 13 install.
     
    Please be aware that this is a Mirage Factory product so no modifications to be uploaded without permission please.

    277 downloads

       (8 reviews)

    4 comments

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  11. RAF Avro Arrows

    2 versions of the superb CF-105 originally made by Fastcargo.
     
    Have fun......or not as the case may be.

    252 downloads

       (1 review)

    1 comment

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  12. F-101C Templates

    Templates for Erikgen's excellent F-101C Voodoo......natural metal only, no camo.
     
    Have fun.

    44 downloads

       (1 review)

    0 comments

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  13. Hi Res TW F-8E templates.

    I started these 2048x2048 templates for the stock F-8E a long time ago but I no longer have the time to improve/finish them, so I thought I'd upload them anyway, maybe some of you can use them.
     
    If you do use them please remember to give credit when you upload something made from them.

    84 downloads

       (5 reviews)

    0 comments

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  14. TW F-8E Hi Res skins

    This is 2 skins for USMC F-8E's [stock TW] , not perfect but templates will be uploaded separately as I don't have time to finish them .

    129 downloads

       (6 reviews)

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  15. FGR2 Experimental Schemes

    Yet another F-4 for your pleasure, this time it's the F-4M [FGR2], complete aircraft with 11 "What if" skins.
    You will need the original FGR2 pack [ http://combatace.com/topic/78155-f-4m-phantom-fgr2/ ] as it includes the decals, sounds etc needed for this to work correctly.
     
    Go on, enjoy yourself....you know you want to.

    101 downloads

       (3 reviews)

    0 comments

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  16. Avro Arrow FGR3

    "What if" RAF version of the Avro Arrow, no internal weapons, weapons carried on [new] wing pylons.
     
    Original model made by Fastcargo...........thanks m8.
     
     
     
    Added a Hotfix for an issue with the cockpit gauges.....thanks to Coupi for fixing this.

    292 downloads

       (4 reviews)

    0 comments

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  17. TW Lightning6 Templates

    Hi res templates for the stock TW Lightning F6, includes matching bump maps.

    108 downloads

       (4 reviews)

    1 comment

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  18. Hi res Hunter F6 templates

    Photoshop templates [2048x2048] for the stock TW Hunter F6, also includes matching bump maps.

    79 downloads

       (5 reviews)

    1 comment

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  19. Hi res TW F-105D templates

    Hi res [2048x2048] templates for the Stock TW F-105D....
     
    Please enjoy using these templates, if you have any problems just ask me, if I can help I will.
     
    Also, please give proper credit [not for my ego but for others to know about the templates] with any work you release from them.

    97 downloads

       (8 reviews)

    1 comment

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  20. F-105D Hi res skins

    A complete redraw of the stock TW F-105D models, skins are 2048x2048 with new bump maps.
     
    Please read the readme for full details BEFORE installing.

    352 downloads

       (13 reviews)

    3 comments

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  21. Sea Vixen FGA4

    VERY IMPORTANT.............
     
    This aircraft uses the Third Wire Lightning53 cockpit, so it will only work if you have Exp2 installed.
     

    This is a fictional RAF Sea Vixen made from the original model by Skippybing.
     
     
    It is now a single seat aircraft, new electronics & avionics are taking up the place of the second crew member!
     
    The engines have been replaced by afterburning units like used in the lightning, also 2 cannons were added into the lower nose section along with air to ground radar.

    249 downloads

       (1 review)

    2 comments

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  22. USN Sea Vixen

    Complete add on aircraft, just install & enjoy.

    132 downloads

       (1 review)

    0 comments

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  23. Mirage Factory F-4K/M RAF/RN SF2 Series Pack 2

    Mirage Factory F-4K/M RN/RAF for the SF2 series.
     
    First and foremost lets just spend a moment remembering who made these things possible.........Olivier ANGUILLE (BPAo)....rip my friend.
     
    Ok this is pack 2 of 3, it comprises new aircraft models and skins but you still need pack 1 installed to get the decals,sounds etc, but it does use the stock F-4M cockpits so you will need SF2 Europe installed, I have the combo pack so they've only been tested on that...patched to Feb 2010.
     
    Installation instructions are in the readme, its there for your benifit not mine so be sure to read it.
     
    Many thanks.
     
    Sundowner.

    872 downloads

       (3 reviews)

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  24. Mirage Factory F-4K/M RAF/RN SF2 Series Pack 1

    Mirage Factory F-4K/M RN/RAF for the SF2 series.
     
    First and foremost lets just spend a moment remembering who made these things possible.........Olivier ANGUILLE (BPAo)....rip my friend.
     
    Ok this is pack 1 of 3, it comprises new aircraft models,sounds weapons etc....but it does use the stock F-4M cockpits so you will need SF2 Europe installed, I have the combo pack so they've only been tested on that...patched to Feb 2010.
     
    Installation instructions are in the readme, its there for your benifit not mine so be sure to read it.
     
    Many thanks.
     
    Sundowner.

    1,051 downloads

       (4 reviews)

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  25. F-4B VF-111

    Here's a skin I thought I'd already uploaded but had'nt....thanks to Stingray77 for the heads up.
     
    Just unzip the VF-111 skin folder to your desktop or somewhere convenient, inside you'll find a folder called "Objects" just copy that entire folder to your SF2 mods install, all the files will be added to your F-4B_67.
     
    Many thanks.
     
    Sundowner.

    519 downloads

       (4 reviews)

    0 comments

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