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The Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet (ICAO: AJET / WAKE: MEDIUM) is a light attack jet and advanced trainer aircraft. Created in Second Life by RH, the aircraft was based on the real-life Alpha Jet, co-manufactured by Dassault Aviation of France and Dornier of Germany.

Background

In real-life, the French prototype of the Alpha Jet performed its first flight at Istres on 26 October 1973, with the first German prototype following from Oberpfaffenhofen on 9 January 1974. The French Air Force decided to use the Alpha Jet primarily as a trainer,[1] and the first French production aircraft made its first flight on 4 November 1977. The Luftwaffe, however, decided to use the Alpha Jet mainly in the light strike role, preferring to continue flight training in the southwestern United States on American trainer types instead of performing training in Germany, although Germany also used Alpha Jets based at Beja, Portugal for weapons training.[2] The different avionics fit makes French and German Alpha Jets easy to tell apart, with French planes featuring a rounded-off nose and German ones featuring a sharp, pointed nose. The jet is notable for its use by the real-life Patrouille de France, French Air Force air demonstration team.[3][4] Likewise, Patrouille de France's Second Life counterpart, based at Salon-de-Provence Air Base, also utilizes the Alpha Jet for their aerobatics displays.

Features

  • Pilot/co-pilot's heads-up display (HUD).
  • Animated components (canopy, landing gear, ailerons, rudder, elevators and flaps).
  • Exterior lighting (navigation and nose lights).
  • x2 variants available: unarmed and armed (VICE/TCS combat systems) with:
    • VICE CMB AIM9 Sidewinder.
    • VICE SMB AGM-88.
    • Flares.
  • Owner/passenger/guest mode access.

Images

References

  1. Braybrook, Roy. "Training Maturity". Air International, Vol. 26, No. 6, June 1984, pp. 269–276, 312–313. Bromley, UK: Fine Scroll. ISSN 0306-5634, pp. 270.
  2. Braybrook, Roy. "Training Maturity". Air International, Vol. 26, No. 6, June 1984, pp. 269–276, 312–313. Bromley, UK: Fine Scroll. ISSN 0306-5634, pp. 270-276.
  3. Taylor, John W. R. (John William Ransom), Jane's all the world's aircraft : 1982-83. Jane's ; Boston, Mass. : Distributed in Canada, the Philippines and the USA and its dependencies by Science Books International, London, England, 1982. p. 105.
  4. Braybrook, Roy. "Training Maturity". Air International, Vol. 26, No. 6, June 1984, pp. 269–276, 312–313. Bromley, UK: Fine Scroll. ISSN 0306-5634, pp. 275–276.


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