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SR & EE Sea Sparrow FGA.1

25.1k Mustang51  3.0 years ago

SR & EE Sea Sparrow FGA.1

This is my fictional build, the SR & EE Sea Sparrow FGA.1, which was created in a world where the infamous White Papers weren’t envisioned and the United Kingdom continued to develop and create more modern fighters. This aircraft would have been a joint venture between Saunders-Roe and English Electric for a naval fighter.

The SR & EE Sea Sparrow was an answer to the Royal Navy’s request for a supersonic carrier fighter aircraft which would fit the roles of being interceptor and strike aircraft. English Electric and Saunders-Roe used a fuselage in a similar style to what the new EE Lightning had. In order to give the aircraft more versatility, it’s conventional wings were changed for a delta shape with canards at the front. The Sea Sparrow would not be as fast as the Lightning but it would have greater range, manoeuvrability, and carry a larger armament with the possibility to carry four air to air missiles. It could also hold conventional drop tanks, unlike the Lightning which could only carry gravity feeding ferry tanks that couldn’t be used for combat. It also carried a retractable in air refuelling probe. The aircraft would also be capable of carrying a Red Beard atomic bomb, giving the Fleet Air Arm better nuclear strike capability.

Four prototypes were built and the Royal Navy was pleased enough to order 24 of the FGA.1s with the option of buying more. The first of these prototypes flying in late 1958. The Fleet Air Arm acquired their first Sparrows a year later and they entered active service in mid 1960. With improvements being made in the following models and several dozen of those being ordered, the FGA.1s were decommissioned between 1969-1971. The Royal Air Force was also interested in this jet as they felt it would be a nice compliment to their Lightnings (hint for a future build). The new models of the Sea Sparrow were used until the late 1980s.

This particular aircraft is number 17 of the first batch of 24 aircraft and its load out is for a long endurance patrol with two drop tanks and two Firestreak missiles. It is also painted in Anti-Flash white for possible nuclear strike missions where it would either be escorting bombers or conducting the bombing itself. This specific airframe was retired in mid 1970.

Controls:

VTOL: Controls flaps/elevators (these are not traditional flaps as it is a delta wing aircraft but are ones which can be used for take off and landing as well as increasing manoeuvrability, especially at low speeds.

AG1: Afterburner

AG2: Release drop tanks

AG3+VTOL Up: Fold wings

AG4+ VTOL Up: Extend the refuelling probe (do not move VTOL below half way when 4 is active)

AG7: Arrestor hook

AG8: Arm Firestreak missiles

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General Characteristics

  • Created On iOS
  • Wingspan 35.5ft (10.8m)
  • Length 46.8ft (14.3m)
  • Height 13.9ft (4.2m)
  • Empty Weight 2,372lbs (1,076kg)
  • Loaded Weight 22,309lbs (10,119kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 4.23
  • Wing Loading 35.5lbs/ft2 (173.4kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 628.3ft2 (58.4m2)
  • Drag Points 8375

Parts

  • Number of Parts 440
  • Control Surfaces 6
  • Performance Cost 1,684
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    22.8k JuanNotAnAlt

    @Mustang51 nah. Wait, Ima add you in discord.

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    @JuanNotAnAlt have we talked before?

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    69 upvotes yeet

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    25.1k Mustang51

    @Inuyasha8215 thanks for the upvote!

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    @Hira629 thanks buddy!

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    16.0k HR

    Good design plane!

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    8,047 Belloaka

    You're welcome @Mustang51.

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    25.1k Mustang51

    @Belloaka You are correct! Thanks for the comment!

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    8,047 Belloaka

    Wow, apparently a lot of work went in to building this. Very nice.

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    25.1k Mustang51

    @CookieCrumz you just build something in the designer and upload it like normal

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    25.1k Mustang51

    @CookieCrumz how about you try to make it and show me unlisted

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    25.1k Mustang51

    @DickBrazen lol sounds like you have a crazy story hahaha

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    6,912 WarringMunky

    @Mustang51 I don't have that problem. I'm in a city but live pretty much in isolation. Crazy stuff has happened to me in my time and it has led to me being somehow blacklisted by some group and in turn humanity in general IRL. Good thing I don't need em.

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    25.1k Mustang51

    @DickBrazen yeah it’s tough to decide how to do that though. Since so many people are at great risk and have a high chance of dying, it’s hard to get herd immunity without costing the lives of untold thousands. The easiest solution to not have this type of virus would be for people to stop eating bats and exotic animals lol

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    6,912 WarringMunky

    @Mustang51 I might have. Just as the world might need some quarantine (though this one seems to me to be an overreach), the future needs the people who get exposed, because even if this one isn't as bad as it's being made out to be, its future generations might be, and we'll need people who are naturally immune.

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    25.1k Mustang51

    @DickBrazen it does sound like it could have been it

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    6,912 WarringMunky

    I'm all about building immunities for future generations, yo. For all I know, I may have already had it about a month ago. Was sick with a weird headache and crazy fever for about five days.

    2.7 years ago
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    25.1k Mustang51

    @DickBrazen awesome! Can’t wait to see it. I’ve been surviving though. Got all the masks I could need so going to the supermarket isn’t too bad hahaha

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    25.1k Mustang51

    @CookieCrumz what were you thinking of?

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    6,912 WarringMunky

    @Mustang51 I was isolating before anyway, so not much!😁 How about you? Also, made most of a new town and it'll be awesome once somebody completes it. I hope everything is well! I'll tag you!

    2.7 years ago
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    25.1k Mustang51

    @DickBrazen hey buddy! How’ve you been? How has corona changed your life?

    2.7 years ago
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