FIGHTER PLANES 1960 - 1970
Developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas for the
United States Navy. The Phantom is a long range
Armament: 1 x 20 mm
F5 FREEDOM FIGHTER (tiger II)
F5 was developed and built by Northrop beginning in the
1960's. The A/B variants were named Freedom
Armament: 2 × 20
mm Pontiac M39A2 cannon. Up to 7000 lbs of missiles / bombs
|The F-111 was manufactured by General Dynamics as a medium range strategic bomber, reconnaisance and tactical strike aircraft. All models in U.S. service have been retired since 1996, however the Royal Australian Air Force continues to have F-111's in active service. The plane has a two man crew seated side by side. The Aardvark has a swing wing design, and is capable of bringing a large variety of weapons payloads to bear on the enemy.|
Armament: 1 x 20
mm cannon. (on some versions) Various freefall nuclear
AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, General purpose, Laser Guided, Cluster and Runway cratering bombs.
Engines: 2 x Pratt & Whitney TF-30 Turbofans.
Speed: 1,650 mph (2,655 km/h).
Ceiling: 56,650 feet
|Originally designed and manufactured by Hawker Siddeley, the harrier has been the standalone success story for V/STOL (Vertical / Short take off and landing) aircraft. It will eventually be replaced by the F35 Lightning . Ther original versions of the harrier are the GR1 / GR3 / AV8A. Extensive redesign led to the GR7 / GR9 / AV8B. The Harriers saw major combat operations during the war for the Falklands islands. The Royal Navy lost 3 Harriers to enemy ground fire and 3 to operational incidents. The Harriers were responsible for downing 23 Argentinian aircraft.|
Armament: 2 x
30 mm ADEN cannon pods. a variety of bombs, AIM-9 missiles on
Engines: Rolls Royce Pegasus Turbofan.
Speed: 735 mph (985 km/h).
Ceiling: 49,200 feet
|The MIG 23 was designed to overcome some of the operational shortcoming of the MIG-21, specifically poor radar, limited weapons load and short range, all of which were considerably upgraded in the 23. The official NATO designation for the MI23 is "FLOGGER", it remains in limited service in some countries to this day.|
|Designed and built as a Reconnaissance/Bomber and High Speed interceptor, the MIG-25 entered service in 1970. The MIG-25 was assigned NATO codename "FOXBAT", it was a result of ongoing cold war escalation, the race to MACH 3, and widely believed intended to intercept the SR-71 blackbird which was making regular flights over soviet airspace at the time.|
|The Sukhoi SU-25 is a battlefield close air support and attack aircraft. Nato codenamed "Frogfoot", the russian built plane is comparable to the A-10 Thunderbolt II in capability and mission. The SU-25 saw significant combat duty during Russia's conflict in Afghanistan in the 1980's, where 22 were lost. The frogfoot has a 1 man crew and is capable of carrying an impressive 9,700 lbs (4,400kg) of ordinance to the fight, it remains operation in many countries to present day.|
Designed and built by Dassault Aviation of France.
Single seat air superiority fighter, with over 700 produced.
Armament: 1 x Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 30mm cannon with
Vast array of ground attack ordinance, rockets, cluster munitions, air-to-surface missiles on 11 hardpoints.
Engines: 2 x Tumansky R-195 turbojets.
Speed: 606mph at 13,000 m (975km/h)
Ceiling: 22,200 feet.