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QF-14 Drones?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:28 am

Does anyone know if there are plans to convert F-14s to drones? Has there ever been talk of converting early F-16As or F-15As to drones?
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RE: QF-14 Drones?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:47 am

I have not heard of any plans for a QF-14, QF-15, or QF-16. But, it would not surprize to see them converted in the future.
 
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RE: QF-14 Drones?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:29 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 1):
I have not heard of any plans for a QF-14, QF-15, or QF-16. But, it would not surprize to see them converted in the future.

The folks who frequent this forum seem to be pretty much in the know so I knew if I asked the question someone would respond. Thanks for the comeback. It'll be interesting to see if any of these birds do become drones.
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RE: QF-14 Drones?

Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:32 am

I would be shocked if we don't see QF-15 and QF-16 drones after they get done shooting down all the QF-4's.
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RE: QF-14 Drones?

Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:33 am

Yes please, blow up F5`s, F16`s..but leave the Phantoms alone  Sad
 
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RE: QF-14 Drones?

Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:40 pm

I was reading an article in Air Forces Monthly a while back about the work at AMARC and the conversion of stored F-4's to QF-4 drones. It said that they are looking at stored F-16's as a potential new QF-16 drone to replace the QF-4 once they run out of drones. There are a lot of them available for conversion and it better represents the agility of modern fighters in tests than the QF-4.

I was wondering, do you guys think the USAF will keep the Vietnam-painted QF-4E that they have flying in their Heritage Flight? I certainly hope so.
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RE: QF-14 Drones?

Mon Sep 18, 2006 11:03 pm

Quoting Bobski (Reply 5):
I was wondering, do you guys think the USAF will keep the Vietnam-painted QF-4E that they have flying in their Heritage Flight? I certainly hope so.

The Collings Foundation has an F-4D that I'm sure will be around for some time to come.

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RE: QF-14 Drones?

Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:15 am

Maybe they want some cheap, worn-out F-4Fs from Germany... Big grin
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RE: QF-14 Drones?

Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:22 am

Quoting Bobski (Reply 5):
I was wondering, do you guys think the USAF will keep the Vietnam-painted QF-4E that they have flying in their Heritage Flight? I certainly hope so.

Hey, you just answered a question that I was going to post. I was at the Reno Air Races last weekend and there were two F-4s there that took part in heritage flights. I was pretty surprised since I thought all F-4s had been removed service. The quick bit of research I did for the 82nd ATRS pretty much resulted in pictures of F-4 drones.

http://picasaweb.google.com/Michael....AirRaces/photo#4976256158329798674
http://picasaweb.google.com/Michael.Rennick/2006RenoAirRaces

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