F-4E Missile Rails for AIM-9

F-4E Missile Rails for AIM-9

Joined: March 22nd, 2005, 7:19 pm

January 29th, 2012, 7:48 pm #1

Which rails were used to carry Sidewinders by USAF Phantoms in Vietnam? The I'm most familiar with is the LAU-7, but I don't know that it existed then.

If it did, then the ones provided in the Pro-Modeller (ex-Hasegawa)kit are absolute garbage!
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Joined: June 17th, 2004, 4:59 am

January 30th, 2012, 2:51 am #2

Aero 3B
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 11:59 am

January 30th, 2012, 3:06 pm #3

Which rails were used to carry Sidewinders by USAF Phantoms in Vietnam? The I'm most familiar with is the LAU-7, but I don't know that it existed then.

If it did, then the ones provided in the Pro-Modeller (ex-Hasegawa)kit are absolute garbage!
Rick is right (AERO 3B), but there was also some use of the LAU-7A/A, which the USAF bought in anticipation of acquiring AIM-9Ds. The missile ran into development problems and when it did enter production there were barely enough to fullfil Navy needs,so the USAF modified their AIM-9Bs into -9Es (during the 1968-72 bombing halt) and -9Js (beginning in Aug '72). I mention this because there is a famous photo of Robin Olds pre-flighting a Sidewinder mounted on a LAU-7A/A.
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