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One week heads up; Group Build Nocturnal Activities starts June 1st....


BradG
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Any aircraft that engaged in night time missions. Dedicated night fighters of course, but don't forget night bombing (anyone got a Lancaster to build?), special missions like agent pick ups (Lysanders) or even up to modern aircraft. The only caveat is you have to build an aircraft you can show was used in a night mission. Most of this is easy, but consider Luftwaffe 'Wild Boar' single seat day fighters used at night, or even modern aircraft that have engaged in a night time mission. An example there would be Cesar Rodriguez's F-15 in which he shot down a Yugoslav Mig 29 during the night of March 24, 1999.

 

As always have fun, any questions fire away.

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Brad,

I was wondering about this.... I'm sure a LANTIRN-equipped F-16 or F-15E would be OK.

 

What about an RAF Tornado from Desert Storm ?

 

Thanks, 

Scott

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Just now, scott_t said:

Brad,

I was wondering about this.... I'm sure a LANTIRN-equipped F-16 or F-15E would be OK.

 

What about an RAF Tornado from Desert Storm ?

 

Thanks, 

Scott

 

LANTIRN equipped aircraft are in. As for the Tornado, yes as long as that aircraft engaged in night operations. Providing it's a GR1 that served into the later stages of the conflict when they moved away from low level daylight attacks on airfields then it almost certainly dropped laser guided weapons at night. I don't know much about the G3s that were deployed.

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2 hours ago, BradG said:

 

LANTIRN equipped aircraft are in. As for the Tornado, yes as long as that aircraft engaged in night operations. Providing it's a GR1 that served into the later stages of the conflict when they moved away from low level daylight attacks on airfields then it almost certainly dropped laser guided weapons at night. I don't know much about the G3s that were deployed.

Thanks for the response Brad.

If I go the Tornado route, I was already thinking LGBs.

 

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Hmmmm......  Now you've got me thinking.  My present build is missing an important bit, though I'm hoping to get a positive response to my request for a replacement.  If that happens next week, I'll keep going with it.  If not, I have two kits in my stash which qualify for this, so one of them may be a goer for this GB at the start.  But one way or another, I'll probably join in this one.  It's just a matter of when.

 

 

Cheers,

Michael

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Hey Brad how about a GR4 dressed as GR1, one of the 3 special schemes.;)

If I remember right the RAF Tornados operated mainly at night at the start and it was later on when the Bucc marked the target they went to mid level daylight raids.

 

Graham 

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Any of the modern jets (at least the U.S. ones) are fully capable of night operations (when equipped with the right equipment - i.e. an AN/AAQ-33 sniper pod)….  So what determines whether or not a modern jet qualifies for this group build or not, the presence of a targeting pod?  The pod is used for daytime ops as well, which is a little confusing to me and why I asked the question.

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5 hours ago, Juggernut said:

Any of the modern jets (at least the U.S. ones) are fully capable of night operations (when equipped with the right equipment - i.e. an AN/AAQ-33 sniper pod)….  So what determines whether or not a modern jet qualifies for this group build or not, the presence of a targeting pod?  The pod is used for daytime ops as well, which is a little confusing to me and why I asked the question.

 

For something like an F-117, it's obvious, but as I said, for something like an F-15, it needs to be a specific aircraft that engaged in a night operation. In the 160th SOAR's case, they are in as they specialise in night engagements. 

 

I'm sure there will be some grey areas, but we can address them if and when they pop up. 

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