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Old Jan 12, 2006, 8:33 AM   #1
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Taken at RAF Coningbsy yesterday.... Nikon D70 plus Sigma 100-300mm F4.

















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Old Jan 12, 2006, 8:52 AM   #2
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That's a lot of Eurofighters (and a Harrier, and a few Tornadoes)! Nice shots. Sharp-looking plane, that Eurofighter (literally and figuratively)--I'm torn between that and the Rafale for looks.
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Old Jan 12, 2006, 11:07 AM   #3
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WOW! They look like they are standing still, suspended in mid air. very nice.
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Old Jan 12, 2006, 11:30 AM   #4
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Nice series. Impressed with your lens.
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Old Jan 12, 2006, 12:31 PM   #5
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Walter C wrote:
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Nice series. Impressed with your lens.
I agree..... than lens 'rocks'!!!!! Oh yea and the pics a 'OK' as well..... lol



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Old Jan 12, 2006, 12:57 PM   #6
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Nice shots.

Does the two-seater have a specialized mission like the F-15E or is it just a trainer?

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Old Jan 12, 2006, 12:58 PM   #7
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Great shots, really good job


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great shots of the Rafale Eurofighters... and the Tornadoes, a Harrier, and some Sepecat Jaguars, if i haven't entirely lost my touch... i do wonder, though, why it is that European military aircraft designersstill seem to favor the delta wing?
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Thanks guys, at the moment the 2 seater is a combat-capable trainer only...

And don't call it a Rafale its a Typhoon, the Rafale is the French aircraft

We favour delta's because they allow it to turn much quicker than anything else at high altitudes (above 30,000ft) and also at Supersonic speeds. The addition of the canards at the front make sure it is also extremely manouveurable at slow speeds and low altitudes instead of fitting the aircraft with thrust vectoring. Basically its a simpler and cheaper approach... especially when stealth isn't the main priority.

If the F-22 didn't have thrust vectoring both the Typhoon and Rafale would run rings around it close in!

Thanks again for the comments guys.

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mea culpa... i thought the Eurofighters were all Rafales. yeah, the delta does provide better maneuverability at high altitudes, but it makes for a rough ride down low. if you're using it mostly for top cover, air-to-air only, delta configuration is okay. not sure how much that kind of close-in maneuvering matters these days - most combat pilots will stay out of the furballs (which tend to happen mostly under10,000 feet anyway)and smack you with a missile from miles away rather than get into a 300-knot turn-n-burn contest with guns. i know the F-22 isn'tintended as a "dog-fighter" in the classical sense... it's made to sneak up on your six and put an AMRAAM up your tailpipe before you know it's there... the vectored thrust is the only reason it even stands a chance close-in.
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