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[1.101.0.44] F-4C Phantom II missing AIM-7E modification


1. Description: The US F-4C Phantom II fighter is missing the AIM-7E Sparrow missiles as an unlockable modification. The AIM-7E Sparrows, also referred to as Sparrow III-6B prior to being renamed the AIM-7E, was an armament that was readily available for US F-4C Phantoms throughout its service life. Based on data in sources attached in this report, the AIM-7E was even in service prior to the introduction of the AIM-9E Sidewinder, yet on the F-4C ingame the armament options only include AIM-7D even on loadouts in which the AIM-9E is mounted. The F-4C should receive a modification to provide it the AIM-7E Sparrow missiles in addition to the existing AIM-7D modification.

 

2. Vehicles affected: US F-4C Phantom II

 

3. Add AIM-7E armament option as an unlockable modification for the F-4C following the AIM-7D modification.

 

4. Screenshot showing AIM-9E + AIM-7D loadout ingame. Since the AIM-7E entered service prior to AIM-9E, there should be a loadout option where the AIM-7D's are replaced with the AIM-7E.

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5. Sources:

a.) US Air Force report on missiles in the Vietnam War from 1974 shows that AIM-7E's were used alongside AIM-9B's and AIM-4D's between the period April 1965 to October 1968. https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a486826.pdf

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b.) Loadout configurations, dated December 1965. The AIM-7E is referred to as 'Sparrow III 6B' in this document. Don't get confused by the '*F-4D only', that only means that anything in the table with a * is only for F-4D Phantoms. Otherwise everything else in the table applies to F-4C Phantom as well. http://aviationarchives.blogspot.com/2016/01/f-4-multiple-weapon-configurations.html

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c.) An article on the famous Operation Bolo, which is the mission that the F-4C and her pilots are famous for, lists the weaponry used by the F-4C's as having been AIM-7E's and AIM-9B's. http://donhollway.com/bolo/

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d.) Another article, describing the same as the previous article on Operation Bolo. https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/f-4c-21-mc/

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e.) F-4C Phantoms shown being equipped with AIM-7E missiles in 'early 1967'. Original caption: "U.S. Air Force ground personnel prepare AIM-7E Sparrow missiles for loading on McDonnell F-4C Phantom II aircraft (s/n 63-7473, 64-0830) at an air base in South Vietnam, in 1967. 63-7473 is armed with a 20 mm gun pod and napalm canisters. Note that 64-0830 is not equipped with the IR-sensor. It served with the 559th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing at Cam Ranh Air Base. It crashed in Laos on 22 March 1968 following a bomb malfunction over Khe Sanh. One crew member was captured, the other is missing." https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:F-4C_Phantoms_with_AIM-7_missiles_at_Cam_Ranh_1967.jpg

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Edited by Keemseemsmeen
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Hi,
  This issue has been previously reported to the Developers for consideration.

 

Thanks for your report, your interest and support for the game.

 

Kind Regards, Object187 

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