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A4D5E15  Osprey

 
     
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INTRODUCTION

The AAC A4D2B10 Osprey is a shipborne jet attack fighter inspired by the Douglas A4D2 Skyhawk which served the US Navy from the mid-fifties till the early eighties.  To only mention a few variants within the AAC time frame :

 1962 Op Role

QTY

1962 

Name

1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967
A4D-1 USN AT 166 A-4A Skyhawk 1956   1956 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
  A4D-2 USN AT 542 A-4B Skyhawk 1957     1957 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
  A4D-2N USN AT 638 A-4C Skyhawk 1960           1960 >> >> >> >> >> >> >>
  - USN AT 499 A-4E Skyhawk 1963                 1963 >> >> >> >>

The Osprey Atlantic Air Combat™

With historical exports only happening post 1963, the Osprey will only exist in USN colors.  Actually it is the main attack fighter on board US carriers.  The Osprey will be referred to under a single designation :

A4D5E15 Osprey mimicking the A-4E but with wing pylons values :
- inner wing pylons of higher capacity (2,250lb instead of 2,200lb)
- outer wet  pylons of higher capacity (1,100lb instead of 1,000lb)

DETAILED AAC SPECIFICATIONS  [verified  -  cheated]

Aircraft.ID     A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Aircraft.NAME     Skyhawk Skyhawk Skyhawk Osprey Skyhawk Skyhawk
7 7 4 4 4 4 4 4 7 4 7 4 7 4 7 4 7 4 7
AAC Category - - Attack Attack Attack Attack Attack Attack
Genre - - - - - - - -
Carrier.Capable YES/NO - YES YES YES YES YES YES
Launch=No.catapult YES/NO - no no no no no no
Pressurized YES/NO - YES YES YES YES YES YES
DIMENSIONS A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Length   - 39"04 40'01" 41'03" 39"04 41'03" 41'03"
Span   - 27'06" 27'06" 27'06" 27'06" 27'06" 27'06"
Height   - - - - - - -
ENGINES A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Engine-1:ID Jet - J65W15 J65W20 J52P6A J52P0800 J52P8A J52P408
Engine-1:Pwr1 Military lbf 7700 lbf 8400 lbf 8500 lbf 9300 lbf 9300 lbf 11200 lbf
Engine-1:Pwr2 extra lbf // // // // // //
AVIONICS A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Avionics: Radar ID // APG53 APG53 ATG53 APG53 APG53
Avionics: IRST ID // // // // // //
Avionics: Tail Warning ID ? ? ? ATQ35 ? ?
Avionics: Sonobuoys ID // // // // // //
FEATURES A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Engine-1: Reverse - no no no no no no
IFR:boom Fixed - no Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IFR:boom Retract - no no no no no no
IFR:receptacle - - no no no no no no
IFR:receptacle Doors - no no no no no no
Air.Brakes - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flaps - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Landing.Gear - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
L-Gear retract Retract - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Arresting.Hook - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brake.Chute - - no no no no no Yes
Wingfold Powered - no no no no no no
Canopy Opening - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nav.Lights - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Extinguisers - - Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bomb/Cargo Doors - no no no no no no
Search.Light - - no no no no no no
Crew - Q 1 1 1 1 1 1
Egress Pilot - Eject Eject Eject Eject Eject Eject
INTERNAL WEAPONS A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Guns:Fwd-1 Wing roots   2 Mk12 2 Mk12 2 Mk12 2 M12A 2 Mk12 2 Mk12
FUEL:INTERNAL A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Fuel:Internal JetFuel US 825.US 825.US 825.US 825.US 825.US 825.US
Fuel:Internal JetFuel gal 687 gal 687 gal 687 gal 687 gal 687 gal 687 gal
WEIGHTS & LOADS A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Weight:Empty - -   9146 lb   9728 lb   9853 lb   9575 lb   10448 lb   10465 lb
Crew: 200 lb/@ -   200 lb   200 lb   200 lb   200 lb   200 lb   200 lb
Guns:Fwd-1 rpg 2 100 240 lb 100 240 lb 100 240 lb 100 240 lb 100 240 lb 200 480 lb
Fuel:Int.Standard (JetFuel) gal ×7.60 687 5221 lb 687 5221 lb 687 5221 lb 687 5221 lb 687 5221 lb 687 5221 lb
Sub-Total-1 Basic - 14807 lb 15389 lb 15514 lb 15236 lb 16109 lb 16366 lb
EXTERNAL LOAD OPTIONS A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Pylon T1:Wing Tip   Port   //   //   //   //   //   //
HVAR Rails R1 R3 R5 R7 Port   //   //   //   //   //   //
Pylon W5:Wing Outer   Port   //   //   1000 lb   1100 lb   1000 lb   1000 lb
Pylon W3:Wing Central   Port   //   //   //   //   //   //
Pylon W1:Wing Inner   Port   2200 lb   2200 lb   2200 lb   2250 lb   2200 lb   2200 lb
Pylon F3:Body Outer   Port   //   //   //   //   //   //
Pylon F1:Body Inner   Port   //   //   //   //   //   //
Pylon F0:Body Central   -   3500 lb   3500 lb   3500 lb   3500 lb   3500 lb   3500 lb
Pylon F2:Body Inner   Stb   //   //   //   //   //   //
Pylon F3:Body Outer   Stb   //   //   //   //   //   //
Pylon W2:Wing Inner   Stb   2200 lb   2200 lb   2200 lb   2250 lb   2200 lb   2200 lb
Pylon W3:Wing Central   Stb   //   //   //   //   //   //
Pylon W6:Wing Outer   Stb   //   //   1000 lb   1100 lb   1000 lb   1000 lb
HVAR Rails R2 R4 R6 R8 Stb   //   //   //   //   //   //
Pylon T2:Wing Tip   Stb   //   //   //       //   //
Sub-Total-3 External - 7900 lb 7900 lb 9900 lb 10200 lb 9900 lb 9900 lb
WEIGHTS & LOADS SUMS A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Sub-Total-1 Basic - 14807 lb 15389 lb 15514 lb 15236 lb 16109 lb 16366 lb
Sub-Total-2 Internal - // // // // // //
Sub-Total-3 External - 7900 lb 7900 lb 9900 lb 10200 lb 9900 lb 9900 lb
Weight:Total - - 22707 lb 23289 lb 25414 lb 25436 lb 26009 lb 26266 lb
Weight:MTOW - - 22500 lb 22500 lb 24500 lb 25500 lb 27400 lb 27400 lb
PERFORMANCES A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
Speed: rotation knot .kn .kn .kn 100.kn .kn .kn
Speed: takeoff knot .kn .kn .kn 110.kn .kn .kn
Speed: max knot 574.kn 570.kn 585.kn 585.kn 585.kn 600.kn
Speed: cruise knot 430.kn 430.kn 420.kn 430.kn .kn 420.kn
Speed: approach knot .kn .kn .kn 125.kn .kn .kn
Speed: landing knot 115.kn .kn .kn 115.kn .kn 80.kn
Speed: stall/F00 knot 120.kn 122.kn 120.kn 120.kn .kn 109.kn
Speed: stall/F15 knot .kn .kn .kn 110.kn .kn .kn
Speed: stall/F35 knot 100.kn .kn .kn 100.kn .kn 70.kn
Climb.rate - ft/min 7950.ft/min 7100.ft/min 5750.ft/min 8000.ft/min 8440.ft/min 8740.ft/min
Ceiling - ft 41800.ft 44000.ft 40000.ft 44000.ft 42250.ft 40000.ft
TakeOff Run - m 830 m  m  m 830 m  m  m
Landing Run Brakes m .m .m .m 600.m .m .m
Landing Run Brake chute m // // // // //  m
Range:internal fuel Indicative nmi .nmi .nmi .nmi 1250.nmi 1250.nmi .nmi
Range:int.=825US + ___+___+150+___+___ Rule.2       1400.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + ___+150+___+150+___ Rule.2       1550.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + ___+___+300+___+___ Rule.2       1550.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + ___+___+400+___+___ Rule.2       1650.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + ___+150+150+150+___ Rule.2       1700.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + 150+150+___+150+150 Rule.2       1850.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + ___+300+___+300+___ Rule.2       1850.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + ___+150+300+150+___ Rule.2       1850.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + 150+___+300+___+150 Rule.2       1850.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + ___+150+400+150+___ Rule.2       1950.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + 150+___+400+___+150 Rule.2       1950.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + 150+150+150+150+150 Rule.2       2000.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + ___+300+300+300+___ Rule.2       2150.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + 150+150+300+150+150 Rule.2       2150.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + 150+150+400+150+150 Rule.2       2250.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + ___+300+400+300+___ Rule.2       2250.nmi    
Range:int.=825US + 150+300+400+300+150 Rule.2       2550.nmi    
      A-4B A-4C A-4E A4D5E15 A-4F A-4M
      Skyhawk Skyhawk Skyhawk Osprey Skyhawk Skyhawk

Note Regarding Basic and Extended Ranges

Rule-0 : A reference range on internal fuel is adopted, usually referring to the carrying of an average payload at cruise speed.  In AAC™, range is not affected by payload nor drag nor altitude.  It may however be affected by the amount of fuel carried, either by the carrying of extra fuel tanks or by the carrying of a reduced amount of internal fuel compensating for extra-heavy payload.  It may also be affected by the actual power setting used by the player.  The reference range is thus an indicative AAC™ value only.

Rule-1 : The more fuel the more range, proportionally. If an aircraft goes 1150 nmi with 380 USgal of fuel, it will go 2300 nmi with 780 USgal or if 3 × 400 USgal drop tanks were added : 380+1200=1580 US gal ÷ 380 = 4.158 × 1150 nmi = 4781.58 ~ 4780 nmi
Comment : this is not intended to match reality and the rule is usually applied to internal fuel variations.

Rule-2 : Additional fuel volume is reduced by 34%.  Example for a 1150 nmi range aircraft on 380 USgal to which 3 × 400 USgal are a added :
3 × 400.USgal = 1200 × 0.66 = 792 +380 = 1172 ÷ 380 = 3.084 × 1150 nmi = 3546.84 ~ 3550 nmi.
Comment : this doesn't match reality anymore than Rule-1 but is intended to mimize unrealistic results

EXTERNAL LOADOUT OPTIONS

The matter is examined in detail elswhere (Armament) with only the association of AAC weapons and pylons explored here

DRA : dual rail adaptor, for 2 missiles (or HVAR rockets)
TRA : triple rail adaptor, for 2 or 3 missiles (or HVAR rockets)

TER : 2 or 3×bombs, mines, HVAR or rocket pods as shown
MER : 2×TER, one behind the other = 4, 5 or 6 × items)

A4D2E15 External Options         - - W6 - W2 - - F0 - - W1 - W5 - -  
Osprey Weapon Note lbs/@ Qty lbs/T   - - 1100 lb - 2250 lb - - 3500 lb - - 2250 lb - 1100 lb - -  
Mixed SUU70A Dispenser 450 lb 3 1350 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Mixed SUU70B Dispenser 500 lb 3 1500 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
AAM AAM-9B DRA 155 lb 10 1550 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
AGM AGM12B - 570 lb 5 2850 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
AGM AGM12C - 1785 lb 3 5355 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
AGM AGM45C DRA 390 lb 6 2340 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
AGM AGM87C TRA 155 lb 11 1705 lb   - -   - - - - - - -  
ARM ARM45A DRA 390 lb 6 2340 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
ARM ARM87A TRA 195 lb 11 2145 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
HVAR HVRAR5 TER 140 lb 15 2100 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
FFAR.pod RP7006 FFAR:70mm 250 lb 15 3750 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
FFAR.pod RP7012 FFAR:70mm 465 lb 13 6015 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
FFAR.pod RP7018 FFAR:70mm 710 lb 9 7821 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
FFAR.pod RP7032 FFAR:70mm 1080 lb 5 5395 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
FFAR.pod RP7036 FFAR:70mm 1222 lb 3 3666 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Bombs Mk030 MER 100 lb 30 3000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Bombs Mk081 MER 250 lb 24 6000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Bombs Mk082 MER 500 lb 16 8000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Bombs Mk117 MER 750 lb 12 9000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Bombs Mk083 TER 1000 lb 9 9000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Bombs Mk067 TER 1600 lb 4 6400 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Bombs Mk084 - 2000 lb 3 6000 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Bombs Mk118 - 3000 lb 1 3000 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Bombs B27M0 3300 lb 1 3300 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  
SeaMine SM061 MER 250 lb 24 6000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
SeaMine SM062 MER 500 lb 16 8000 lb   - - - - - - - - - - -  
SeaMIne SM063 - 1000 lb 9 9000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
SeaMIne SM064 - 2000 lb 3 6000 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Gunpod G1M11A Gun:20mm 1350 lb 3 4050 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Fuel FT150U 150US 1092 lb 5 5460 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Fuel FT300U 300US 2108 lb - 6324 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
Fuel FT400U 400US 2802 lb - 2802 lb   - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  

TENTATIVE LOADOUTS

A4D2E15       Max 10200 lb   - - W6 - W2 - - F0 - - W1 - W5 - -  
Osprey Weapon Note lbs/@ Qty lbs/T   - - 1100 lb - 2250 lb - - 3500 lb - - 2250 lb - 1100 lb - -  
/FERRY Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 9200 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range FT150U 150US 1090 lb 2 2180 lb   - - 150.US - - - - - - - - - 150.US - -  
2550.nmi FT300U 300US 2110 lb 2 4220 lb   - - - - 300.US - - - - - 300.US - - - -  
  FT400U 400US 2800 lb 1 2800 lb   - - - - - - - 400.US - - - - - - -  
/TRA01 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 2610 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range AGM87C Missile 155.lb 4 620 lb   - - (2) - - - - - - - - - (2) - -  
1400.nmi SUU70A Dispenser 450 lb 2 900 lb   - - - - (1) - - - - - (1) - - - -  
  >>>>>> Bombs 25 lb 2×6 incl   - - - - (6) - - - - - (6) - - - -  
  >>>>>> FFAR:70mm 30 lb 2×4 incl   - - - - (4) - - - - - (4) - - - -  
  FT150U 150US 1090 lb 1 1090 lb   - - - - - - - 150.US - - - - - - -  
/BUDDY Loadout Exclusive Game AI 7260 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range FT150U 150US 1090 lb 2 2180 lb   - - 150.US - - - - - - - - - 150.US - -  
~.nmi FT300U 300US 2110 lb 2 4220 lb   - - - - 300.US - - - - - 300.US - - - -  
  BT827B Buddy 860 lb 1 860 lb   - - - - - - - BUDDY - - - - - - -  
/FFF01 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 3890 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range AAM09B Missile 155.lb 4 620 lb   - - (2) - - - - - - - - - (2) - -  
2150.nmi FT300U 300US 2110 lb 3 6330 lb   - - - - 300.US - - 300.US - - 300.US - - - -  
/ATT01 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 5570 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range AGM87C Missile 155.lb 2 310 lb   - -

(1)

- - - - - - - - -

(1)

- -  
1550.nmi AAM09B Missile 155.lb 2 310 lb   - -

(1)

- - - - - - - - -

(1)

- -  
TER RP7018 FFAR:70mm 710 lb 4 2840 lb   - - - - (2) - - - - - (2) - - - -  
  FT300U 300US 2110 lb 1 2110 lb   - - - - - - - 300.US - - - - - - -  
/ATT02 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 4670 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range AGM87C Missile 155.lb 2 310 lb   - -

(1)

- - - - - - - - -

(1)

- -  
1250.nmi AAM09B Missile 155.lb 2 310 lb   - -

(1)

- - - - - - - - -

(1)

- -  
  G1M11A Gun:20mm 1350 lb 3 4050 lb   - - - - (1) - - (1) - - (1) - - - -  
/ATT03 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 5570 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range AGM87C Missile 155.lb 2 310 lb   - -

(1)

- - - - - - - - -

(1)

- -  
1250.nmi AAM09B Missile 155.lb 2 310 lb   - -

(1)

- - - - - - - - -

(1)

- -  
TER HVRAR5 Rockets 140 lb 6 840 lb   - - - - (3) - - - - - (3) - - - -  
TER RP7018 FFAR:70mm 710 lb 3 2130 lb   - - - - - - - (3) - - - - - - -  
/ARM01 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 3590 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range AAM09B Missile 155.lb 2 310 lb   - -

(1)

- - - - - - - - -

(1)

- -  
1550.nmi ARM87A Missile 195.lb 2 390 lb      

(1)

- - - - - - - - -

(1)

     
  ARM45A Missile 390.lb 2 780 lb   - - - - (1) - - - - - (1) - - - -  
  FT300U 300US 2110 lb 1 2110 lb   - - - - - - - 300.US - - - - - - -  
/ASS01 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 5570 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range FT150U 150US 1090 lb 2 2180 lb   - - 150.US - - - - - - - - - 150.US - -  
1550.nmi AGM12C Missile 1785 lb 3 5355 lb   - - - - (1) - - (1) - - (1) - - - -  
/BBB01 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 6000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
1250.nmi Mk081 MER 250 lb 24 6000 lb   - - (3) - (6) - - (6) - - (6) - (3) - -  
/BBB02 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 8000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
1250.nmi Mk082 MER 500 lb 16 8000 lb   - - (2) - (3) - - (6) - - (3) - (2) - -  
/BBB03 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 9000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
1250.nmi Mk117 MER 750 lb 12 9000 lb   - - (1) - (3) - - (4) - - (3) - (1) - -  
/BBB04 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 9000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
1250.nmi Mk083 TER 1000 lb 9 9000 lb   - - (1) - (2) - - (3) - - (2) - (1) - -  
/BBB05 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 8180 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range FT150U 150US 1090 lb 2 2180 lb   - - 150.US - - - - - - - - - 150.US - -  
1550.nmi Mk084 Bombs 2000 lb 3 6000 lb   - - - - (1) - - (1) - - (1) - - - -  
/BBB06 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 9000 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range AAM09B Missile 155.lb 4 620 lb   - - 150.US - - - - - - - - - 150.US - -  
2150.nmi FT300U 300US 2110 lb 2 4220 lb   - - - - 300.US - - - - - 300.US - - - -  
  Mk118 Bomb 3000 lb 1 3000 lb   - - - - - - - (1) - - - - - - -  
/BBB07 Loadout >>>> >>>> >>> 8180 lb   - - - - - - - - - -  
Range FT150U 150US 1090 lb 2 2180 lb   - - 150.US - - - - - - - - - 150.US - -  
2150.nmi FT300U 300US 2110 lb 2 4220 lb   - - - - 300.US - - - - - 300.US - - - -  
  B27M0 3300 lb 1 3300 lb   - - - - - - - (1) - - - - - - -  
 
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