Recognition Journal, Volume 14 No. 5 May 1959

MAY 1959 Vol. 14 No. 5 < 0 \T I< :\T S JO IN T SERVICES RECOGNITION JOURNAL The Joint Services Recognition Journal is a m onthly publication produced in the Department of the Assistant Chief of the A ir Staff (Training), A ir M inistry, and prepared in collaboration w ith the Adm iralty, the W a r Office and the M inistry of Supply (A ir Technical Publications). Applications for copies can only be accepted from the Services o r o th er official bodies, and must be submitted through the normal official publications supply channels— n o t to the Editorial Office or direct to the A ir Ministry. T h e Jo u rn a l is p ro d u ced so le ly fo r o fficia l use and can n ot be sold to m e m b e rs o f th e p u b lic. C ontributions and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, Joint Services Recognition Journal, A ir M inistry , W h iteh all Gardens, London, S .W .I. F e a tu re Stratofortresses (cover) ... Fighter Force (spotting test) ...................................... Navy Cut ( editorial) .................................................. *lt’s a Carve-Up! (Thunderbolt) Briefs *W h o ’s W h o — 2: Moscow and Vanguard *Friend or Foe ! (Fagot and Mystere 4a) Air Defence Up-to-date (Part I )— by John W . R. Taylor *Flashl ight-A Soviet Circus— 8: The TU-I 14 Rossiya *Lansen Oddities in the Air *Short Sea Traders and Ocean Tankers In Passing; Book Review * W e ’re a Couple of Tramps ! ... Solutions to Tests and Lessons ... '¦Identification Lessons Page 113 114 115 116 I 18 I 1 9 120 122 124 125 126 130 132 135 136 140 NAVY CUT T h e f i r s t CHANCE VOUGHT CRUSADER, the F8U-I, holds an official U.S. speed record at 1,015 m.p.h. and is doubtless capable of improving upon that figure. Its successor, the F8U-2, may be considered to have a speed potential even higher, evidenced by the fitting of shallow ventral fins to maintain directional stability at the top end of its speed range. The F8U-3 Crusader III, when unveiled, was shown to have appreciably larger stabilisers than the F8U-2; and flight testing showed even these to afiord only a marginal degree of stability, with the result that a large chordwise broadening of the vertical tail was added for further effect. From all this, coupled with official statements that the Crusader 1 1 1 was “capable of combat at more than twice the speed of sound,” we may conclude that this all-weather carrier fighter has a speed performance at least comparable with the U.S. Air Force's latest acquisition, the F-104 Star- lighter. The Crusader III was evaluated alongside another lighter built to the same requirements, the McDonnell F4H-I; Congress told the U.S. Navy that it could only have sufficient funds to purchase one of these aircraft, and in the event the decision went in favour of the McDonnell design. Since it was in competition with the Crusader for the U.S. Navy's affections, it may be taken that the performance of the McDonnell F4I I-I is at least as good as that of the Chance Vought machine. The fact that it carries both pilot and radar operator, and that it has two engines, were deciding factors in its final selection. The F4H-1 is 56 feet long, has a wing span of 38 feet 5 inches and will be able to carry improved air-to-air missiles such as the Sparrow and the Sidewinder. The manufacturers claim that it will have the greatest range of any U.S. Navy jet fighter yet, and it will be able to refuel in flight by either the "probe and drogue” or the “ buddy" system. So far the F4H-I has not received a Service name, but knowing McDonnell's taste for the supernatural we may expcct something pretty unorthodox and imaginative. The aircraft is at present expected to be in service in the early 1960s. M c D O N N E L L F4H -I 115 M ay 1959
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