Navy , fulfilling a naval requirement for a carrier-based fighter aircraft capable of carrying heavy, long-range missiles to defend aircraft carriers and their battle groups from Soviet bombers and fighter-bombers equipped with anti-ship missiles. It was not until that TFW was fully operational. The cockpit was part of an escape crew capsule. This page was last edited on 19 December , at The cannon had a large 2,round ammunition tank, and its muzzle was covered by a fairing; however, it was rarely fitted on Fs. Initially there were compressor surge and stall issues in certain parts of the flight regime.

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It took years to improve the reliability of the avionics, but issues were never fully addressed. The Mark II avionics were digitally integrated microprocessor systems, some of the first used by the USAF, offering tremendous capability, but substantial problems. The Museum of Modern Art. The Air Force and the Navy could agree only on swing-wing, two-seat, twin-engine design features.

A F during an air-to-air refueling mission over the North Sea. Archived from the original on 3 December General Dynamics F Cutaway from Flightglobal. It turned out that all three had been lost through a malfunction in the horizontal stabilizer, not by enemy action.

It also included digital computer set and multi-function displays MFDs. Archived from the original on 12 March Retrieved 20 September For the FBA the system used an attack radar improved from the FA’s system, along with components that would be used later on the FD, including the inertial navigation system, digital computersand multi-function displays.


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The variant was first ordered in and delivered from The inner two pylons on each wing rotated to align with the fuselage, while the outer two were fixed. The FA achieved a speed of Mach 1. Air Force, April Retrieved 3 August Navyfulfilling a naval requirement for a carrier-based fighter aircraft capable of gesttetner heavy, long-range 111 to defend aircraft carriers and their battle groups from Soviet bombers and fighter-bombers equipped with anti-ship missiles.

The worth of the new aircraft was beginning to show; Fs flew more than 4, combat missions in Vietnam with only six combat losses. The gestehner landing gear were moved outward so armament could be carried on the fuselage there.

The FB was canceled by the Navy in due to weight and performance issues, along with the need for additional fighter requirements. Australia ordered 24 Fs and, following delays, the Royal Australian Air Force accepted the aircraft in Grange Books plc, Switching to a crew escape capsule, instead of ejection seats and alterations to radar and missile storage were also needed.

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The F used a three-point landing gear arrangement, with a two-wheel nose gear and two single-wheel main landing gear units. The avionics were upgraded on some E-models as part of an Avionics Modernization Program. It was NASA’s simplification which made the variable geometry wings practical.


Multiple advanced FB strategic bomber designs were proposed by General Dynamics in the s.

They featured side-by-side crew seating in an escape capsule as required by the Navy. Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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After early testing, a detachment of six aircraft were sent in March to Southeast Asia for Combat Lancer testing in real combat conditions in Vietnam. Widmer, Designer of Military Aircraft, Dies at Although it never saw combat, the FC was the fastest, longest range combat aircraft in 1111 Asia.

Each pylon had a capacity of 5, pounds 2, kilograms.

The Mayaguez Incident and the end of the Vietnam War. Lacking experience with carrier-based fighters, General Dynamics teamed gestether Grumman for the assembly and testing of the FB aircraft.