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About smellybeard

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  1. Oh, yes; I've no doubt of that. What I mean is that if 1/4" is meant to provide clearance with the deck when the nose has been raised an extra 20 inches, I'd prefer to be driving the tow truck. Deck clearance is the oft-quoted, supposed reason for the supposed change. Maybe, if they were actually trying to make the F-4K three times the price of a J, such a change might make sense. Just checking in Roy Boot's book… he visited MACAIR in January 1965 and was told:
  2. Given an approximately nine foot long stab, the stated difference of one-sixth of a degree will give about a quarter inch difference in height of the tip - which is clearance I wouldn't like to be relying on if my life depended on it. No; this is a typo. As for the Bucc influencing the slatted tailplane, no again; read Roy Boot's "From Spitfire to Eurofighter". He notes that MACAIR had reached a different solution to the same issue of space vs. stab authority that affected the Buccaneer when he first visited St. Louis.
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