Taking a break from VTC h*ll (ed: 8+ hours yesterday alone, how the h*ll did Nimitz & Ike win a war without  it? – don’t answer, that was a rhetorical question… – SJS) & following up on the comments to a previous Flightdeck Friday (Phlightdeck Phriday: Phabulous Phantom Edition).  Some have offered their guess at the recce question posed in the first film.  To those who offered Badger C, you were almost there…it was a C-Mod whose chief recce feature were the notched flaps and wing racks to carry the AS-6, as shown below.  It also added the SHORT HORN (NATO code name) radar which provided support for the AS-6:

Badger C-Mod

Badger C-Mod

(image from www.fas.org)

Compare to the Badger C below:

Badger C

Badger C

(image from Air Power Australia)

The Badger J was notable by having the glazed nose as opposed to the C/C-Mod’s solid nose which housed the NATO-code named PUFF BALL search radar.

(image from Air Power Australia)

Badger J

Badger J

Oh and Skippy — not quite like the recce training we had back in the day – eh? 😉

3 Comments

  1. If one of those VTC’s was the one I’m thinking of-I bailed when the clock was at 5:15pm and a bunch of Army guys “had to check something” Slipped out the door with them ………………..

    If you can’t get the point across in 30 minutes, there is something really wrong.

  2. Steeljawscribe

    It was & I couldn’t. Day started @ 0400 and I didn’t get home until 2000… 🙁
    – SJS

  3. Moe Todd

    Thanks for the memories…sitting in Ready 7 on the Sara-Maru looking at recce pics geting ready for a damned test.

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