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  1. A pic showing the ECM pod side: it took some battle damage but made it back to base. Jari
  2. But no centerline pylon in the Kinetic kit. Jari
  3. Here is a VA-35 A-6 about to go out on a Surface Combat Air Patrol: Note it has a light load of what looks like a single Mk-82 on the aft bottom racks of the MERs on the outboard pylons. Also you can barely make out the fins of a LGB, either a GBU-12 or GBU-16, on the inboard pylon. The load was light enough that if no target was found, the plane could land back on the carrier with the bombs still on. Other loads had Rockeyes instead of Mk-82s and a AGM-123 Skipper as the LGB. Edit: Here are a couple of Skippers: Jari
  4. Finn

    F-86D radar

    No photos but a couple of drawings of the radar are here: http://aviationarchives.blogspot.com/2019/05/north-american-f-86d-flight-manual.html Jari
  5. It's most likely the 1,000lb version, here is another view: Jari
  6. Rob here is one on a F-100 in 'Nam: Jari
  7. The A-1 carried them as well: Jari
  8. Here is how they did the nose art: https://www.afcent.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2002258565/ https://www.afcent.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2002258567/ https://www.afcent.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2002258571/ Jari
  9. Not the 1C but most details should be similar in this manual: https://www.docdroid.net/qtdbsfk/grumman-tbm-3-avenger-pilots-handbook-pdf Jari
  10. I got to load F-111s when i was in Germany, part of our WTA - War Task Assignment - in case of war was to load other NATO a/c that showed up, at that time i was a MJ-1 driver and a bit different putting up 20 Mk-82 Snakeyes one by one when you are used to doing a max of 5 on the CF-104. Jari
  11. Here is the video the still came from, a couple of F-111s drop shapes: https://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675062068_air-mobile-assault_Supersonic-F-111_officials-gather_laser-guided-bombs Jari
  12. You could always go with a practice nuclear shape: Jari
  13. Here is a F-111 getting a pre-loaded BRU with Rockeyes, load training but it was done: Jari
  14. Finn

    F-4 unusual load

    At the 0:47 mark of this video a F-4D with 3 SUU-16 gun pods during a NATO fire power demo: https://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675031097_F-4-Phantom_USAF-in-Europe_United-States-Air-Force_takeoff_rockets_drop-bombs_burning-tower_explosions a still from that video: Jari
  15. Jim since the F-111 was new at the time of Combat Lancer it is possible that they only had a x number of BRU-3 racks with them when they first deployed, then when they had losses, each aircraft lost had at least two racks on the pylons, so any spare a/c that showed up may not have had any BRU-3s available for them. They probably had to "borrow" some MERs from other units in order to meet the mission requirements. Speaking from personal experience i was stationed in Baden West Germany in the mid 80's when the then new CF-18 first showed up the first Alert load i did was 2 AIM-9s on the wing tips and one BL-755 on each outboard pylon, no inboard pylons and a c/l tank as we didn't have any VERs, extra pylons, or extra fuel tanks, no chaff/flare, we couldn't even do a gun load as the parts weren't available.By the time i left Germany we pretty much had everything for full loads except AIM-7s which arrived after i left. Jari
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