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  1. Alt 'day' fighters for Luftwaffe, 1937-45

    Please don't take this in a sarcastic way. How would the zero fair in the circumstances you posit above?
  2. Military equipment during a continuous Cold War

    Am fairly sure there was a planned raf upgrade to the phantoms as well that were to be broadly similar to the luftwaffes f4f ICE upgrade program , am not sure what radar was intended but AMRAAM capability was to be included. As a side note to this, what happens in RAFG, does 19 and 92 Sqn...
  3. Military equipment during a continuous Cold War

    Wasn't one of them SRAM2 and one called golden Eagle which was a Harpoon spin off and the third a variant of what became stormshadow? Am sure the program was called CASOM
  4. USAAC/USAAF bombing switched to night raids

    I dont think they could tbh, unless they had another set of underwing pylons for bombs certainly although the vlr iwo jima based mustangs carried tanks and rockets on missions so maybe it is possible. The only thing is the luftwaffe could choose to ignore the mustangs in the air and make the...
  5. USAAC/USAAF bombing switched to night raids

    I hadn't thought of that does that offset the combined losses at night I wonder
  6. USAAC/USAAF bombing switched to night raids

    This is probably asb territory I was reading an article in aeroplane about the us and British strategic bombing campaign in Europe in WW2, apparently there was a disagreement between Eaker and Harris with Harris wanting the US to join the RAF in night bombing. At the casablanca conference it...
  7. USSR without nukes

    I would also add to this , the Soviets had penetrated certainly British intelligence fairly well with the Cambridge spy ring so if there's a UK effort to infiltrate agents into the USSR to do this then the KGB will know about it.
  8. USSR without nukes

    Ok so I would echo the previous posters for a kick off I cant see this happening, the USSRs priority is to gain nuclear weapons, at any price as its a matter of national survival from the soviet point of view, I just cant see it TBH. If we hand wave it for a period then I can see a greater...
  9. Extend the service life of these aircraft

    Ah ok understood I took it to mean better for the UK, apologies, my bad :)
  10. Extend the service life of these aircraft

    I'm not sure what you mean by better tbh. An austere Strike Eagle capability by the early 80s isn't better than a souped up buccaneer? Am not really seeing how that is? You referenced the designator role of the buccaneer in GW1, you are right they were but there was a program that had been...
  11. An Earlier Use Of Drugs/Drugs Epidemic/War On Drugs

    Thanks, so what caused the seemingly huge increase in drugs use in the 60s as opposed to say in the late 40s or after ww1 or ww2 thats what am trying to get too? I mean I would have thought that after the numbers of servicemen in ww2 that people getting high on amphetamines would be huge...
  12. Extend the service life of these aircraft

    Mike Intresting scenario , I suppose it depends when the Tornado falls apart, if its after the mid 70s why would the RAF build new buccaneers, F15 comes along at that time in its basic version in the a model, the Eagle had an A2G conventional capability baked in from the start and in the 1970s...
  13. An Earlier Use Of Drugs/Drugs Epidemic/War On Drugs

    Ok, so let me first say I'm not arguing any of the above is desirable or healthy and drugs blights lives. With that caveat out the way I was wondering, is it possible to have the large scale use of drugs such as pot , lsd , opiates prior to the 1960s in the US abd western europe, what would...
  14. 1935-45: alternative airborne weapons

    I agree I think there's a doctrinal issue over the use of battles for the Battlefield Air Interdiction / Interdiction role, I think you really need a fighter that can operate as a fighter bomber rather than a purpose built bomber , the fighter bomber can look after itself to a much greater...
  15. 1935-45: alternative airborne weapons

    Dilvish, not sure if you are aware of this, but the Russians used rockets in the air to air role in the 1939 Khalkhin Gol conflict, with some success from their I-16 and I-153s and later in the early battles of the second world war, Ive just finished reading a book about I-16 aces and was most...
  16. 1935-45: alternative airborne weapons

    What about the marrying up of dispensers to shaped charge submunifions for the anti tank role on a much wider scale than was employed in the OTL, I know the raf and ussac had some canvas walled dispensers in late 44 45 but am thinking have them much earlier in the war say 41 or 42 , it might...
  17. Is it possible to counter 4th gen aircraft with 2nd gen ones ?

    No problems I think I owe you and apology as I mis-interpreted your post mate, my bad. The SARH option in Blue Daphne as far as I can find out was canned in 57 apparently they had issues fitting the CW unit into the space available in the lightning. I get the impression that it was one of I...
  18. Is it possible to counter 4th gen aircraft with 2nd gen ones ?

    I see your thinking but I can't see it to be honest the rcaf had the voodoo for CONUS AD that was much better than the lighting and it goes against the strategy of engaging the bombers as far north as possible with either Voodoos entering service in 1961 or bormac long range SAMs that went out...
  19. Is it possible to counter 4th gen aircraft with 2nd gen ones ?

    Poorly, iirc I read an article , I think it might have been in a tom cooper book on iraqi mirages and in it apparently the usaf awacs crew had to plead repeatedly for the Saudi aircrew to engage iraqi aircraft. So personally I don't rate them highly.
  20. Can the NVAF do better in the air war ?

    I think we will need to agree to disagree, as I think you mentioned else where the NVPAF was a one trick pony, a very effective one, and one that played its hand to the best of its abilities so I take nothing away from the NVPAF. The problem is you assume ever air force is required to have a...
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