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  1. Did all FAW 2s have this change applied, whether from the factory or through a retrofit?
  2. I learnt today that the "chin blisters" on the Sea Vixen were initially used for retractable rocket launchers, but were later repurposed on the FAW 2 to house gas canisters used to cool the Red Tops (picture below). Can someone confirm if this is accurate? When did this change take place? Also, did all aircraft that were built as FAW 2 come from the factory with these gas canisters in place of the rocket launchers? Or was this always a retrofit?
  3. Does anyone know where I can find high resolution photos of A-10A Thunderbolts in the 1980s? The only requirement I have is that the tail number should be clearly visible, including the first two digits which are typically in smaller font.
  4. Does anyone know why the vertical stabilizers on A-10A 76-0540 look different compared to all other aircraft of its type? It almost looks as if the bottom of the vertical stabilizers are "clipped". You should be able to see this in the attached photo on the left. Here's the source of the image: https://www.airliners.net/photo/USA-Air-Force/Fairchild-A-10A-Thunderbolt-II/185519 The funny thing is that if you look up earlier pictures of that same aircraft when it was in service, it has normal looking stabilizers.
  5. I see. I'm also wondering if any of the outlets circled in red could be opened and closed. If they could be closed, I can just smooth them out in my 3d model instead of actually modelling in the outlets. This is the only diagram I've been able to find, but sadly it's all in Russian. Not much use in translating it either because the image is cropped.
  6. Another question about the openings on the back of the fuselage, lol. What are the openings circled in red in the image below? Are they all boundary layer outlets as well?
  7. Does anyone know if the boundary layer bleed "vents" on the Supermarine Scimitar (if that is the correct term) could be opened and closed from the cockpit? I have these circled in red in the diagram below. And a slightly more complicated question... what benefit do these provide? And why were they positioned above the engine intakes in this manner?
  8. I don't see anything in these pilots notes suggesting the presence of elevators, trim tabs, flaps or any other movable control surface on the tailplane. As 71chally says, it sounds like trimming was done by moving the entire tailplane slab and holding it in position.
  9. Off topic, but the amount of knowledge on this forum never ceases to astound me.
  10. Thank you for the information. I assume that rules out the presence of flaps on the Scimitar's tailplane as well (similiar to the Blackburn Buccaneer's tailplane flaps)?
  11. To add to my original post, I found a cutaway for the Scimitar, and I don't really see anything on this diagram that suggests the presence of elevators or flaps on the tailplane.
  12. It appears that the Supermarine Scimitar F.1 had an all moving tailplane, but I can also see lines on the tailplane surface suggesting the presence of elevators (highlighted in red below). Did the Scimitar actually have movable elevators, or am I just looking at panel lines? There's also a little snippet on Wikipedia that suggests the aircraft had elevators that worked in tandem with the moving tail, but I don't see any sources or mentions of that anywhere else.
  13. Interesting. Would XS590 have been a late production FAW.2? And would it have rolled off the production line with the updated canopy, hatch and extended booms already included?
  14. Does anyone know what these openings are (circled in red)? Were they actuated/movable or were they fixed?
  15. So the "wing modification programme" was just to repair the wings? I'm assuming the wing shape and appearance would have remained mostly the same then, Was anything else done for "mod 9" besides the wing reinforcement plates?
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