The AIM-4 Falcon was notoriously unreliable.I thought in Vietnam, the Sidewinder only worked half the time so the pilots always shot two, or was it the Falcon that was unreliable?
Basswood? Very nice...The AIM-4 Falcon was notoriously unreliable.
No proximity fuzing, it needed to score a direct hit for a kill.
Warhead was small (7.6 lbs.) limiting their lethal radius.
Only five hits were recorded in 54 launchings during aerial combat in 'Nam.
So pilots would fire a heat seeking variant followed by the radar guided variant.
IIRC there also was something about the seeker head needed to be cooled, it could only be done once and the missile needed to be fired within two minutes of the start of cooling.
Sidewinder was a great improvement.
But the Falcon makes a neat model rocket.
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