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To: A.A. Cunningham

“We’ve heard your argument before which is why the Phantom II was fielded without a gun.”

The difference is the change in reliability of missiles over the last 60 years. The AIM-9 was pretty decent in the early 80s, when I was a WSO in F-4s, but the reliability now is much better. So is the weapons envelope, and so is the reliability of radar missiles.

In a modern dogfight, trying to go for guns is a good way of dying...


37 posted on 06/18/2013 2:38:35 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: Mr Rogers

Going for guns is a planned last resort.

Because you are a (former) WSO, you know all plans turn brown when the switch is thrown and you fly an intercept.

Plan for the best, expect the worst, train for all situations.


53 posted on 06/18/2013 3:07:34 PM PDT by Hulka
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