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southernphantom wrote:The rear cockpit has no flight controls, so noncombat flight will not be impacted by the WSO's absence. In the A2A arena, the Beagle will have the disadvantage of its CFTs and heavier loading, but I believe its avionics (in the APG-82) are actually superior to the Golden Eagle's. It also has fewer rounds for the M61 (600-something vs 900-something), but this really should not be an issue. The Beagle's JHMCS/-9X will also partially compensate for any weight-based disadvantage, as will the more powerful engines. Overall, it's an excellent aircraft that I hope to fly one day, and I hope that the USAF inducts several hundred more in its latest Silent Eagle guise.
darkvarkguy wrote:Here's a different question. I spent the afternoon yesterday watching some Strike Eagle flightline ops and sorties. I was wondering about the loud "WHIIRPPP" noise that I kept hearing as they taxied and at EOR. Something cycling but I had never heard it before.
darkvarkguy wrote:Thanks TEG, I appreciate it! Funny, I can't ever remember hearing that before. I never got to work F-15s but have been around them enough and just don't ever remember hearing that. Also 'Southernphantom's comment about the WSO not having any flight controls in the back seat is news to me also. I know the F-14 WSO had no controls but thought all USAF jets had controls in both seats.
geogen wrote:Well, I've got a follow up for TEG if he has the time... or anyone else... why is it that the F100 powered F-16 is equipped with the covered feathers and the draggier F-15E's F100 is not? TIA-
Actually, disregard that comment
It turns out that the Beagle does in fact have rear flight controls, albeit extremely primitive ones rivalling a Cessna 172. However, at least the visibility is better than an F-4's or a Thud's rear 'pit!!
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