Monday, August 24, 2015

F-15 Full Scale Mockup Question (AIM-82) Update

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Ron Hinkel reports that: (I turned up at China Lake Naval Weapons Center as the newly appointed Air Weapons Officer and Agile Project Pilot in October 1973. The AIM-95 Agile was an air-to-air missile being developed as an advanced replacement for the AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile. The Navy intended it for the F-14. The US Air Force was developing the AIM-82 missile to equip the F-15 Eagle at the same time. Since both missiles were more or less identical in their role, it was decided to abandon the AIM-82 in favor of the Agile.)”

Jack Abercrombie reports that the program had been canceled in 1970. “The Chicago Tribune in Sep 1970 reported the cancellation of the AIM-82: http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1970/09/03/page/7/article/missile-work-is-canceled-by-air-force . To my recollection, MCAIR never did any wind tunnel testing of the AIM-82/F-15 configuration.”

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