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In June , the USAF's World Wide Weapons Meet now known as “William Tell ” began as a separate air-to-air rocketry competition. The Air Defense. William Tell is* the USAF's premier fighter competition. Officially designated the ' USAF Air to Air Weapons Meet' William Tell was first held at Yuma, Arizona in. William Tell is a biennial aerial gunnery competition with fighter aircraft held by the United States Air Force in every even-numbered year. In the competition.
Missions were flown with live missiles but with the warhead removed. The elements were also accompanied by a chase plane for range safety. Profile III 'Cold Fire' The aim of this profile was to test the teams ability to scramble teams were allowed 16 minutes from the 'horn' sounding to getting airborneidentify and engage 2 manned targets. The interceptors launched in pairs. Each aircraft was fitted with 2 simulated IR missiles and 2 Radar missiles.
Each target had to be 'killed' by an IR and Radar missile therefore one interceptor could 'kill' both targets if necessary. Each team aircraft was equipped with 3 simulated missiles and 12 targets some targets did multiple passes through exercise area to provide the 12 targets were to be engaged, therefore to obtain maximum points all shots had to be on target.
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This was limited to Active duty units. The aim was for each aircraft to hit the target in a minimum time then score maximum hits.
Each 'shooter' was limited to rounds. The total profile scores were used to select the winning team. The Threat In the s, 60s, and 70s, the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union was of paramount concern to policy makers around the globe due to the rapid technological progress of nuclear weapons. The first deployment of nuclear weapons in and subsequent development of Soviet atomic weapons in clearly illustrated to the world that a new era of warfare had arrived, one in which the enemy could strike swiftly and from great distances to inflict catastrophic damage on military, industrial, political, or civilian targets.
The SAGE Semi-Automatic Ground Environment air defense system was put into practice by the ADC to provide continual target information to interceptor bases across the country when Soviet bombers were detected by a network of long-range radars. The SAGE system used hundreds of radars, twenty-four direction centers, and three combat centers throughout the U. The DEW Distant Early Warning line of radars stationed throughout northern Canada was one such line of defense, providing critical target information to the direction centers.
The F was a high-altitude interceptor by design, and it met and exceeded its mission requirements in every way, thanks to its ability to travel at a record-breaking Mach 2. The Genie contained a 1.
Given the blast radius of such an explosion, the F could fire the Genie from 5 miles away and lead the target based on radar information, allowing the pilot to carefully line up their shot. Once it had been fired, the F was one of the few planes with the maneuverability to make a U-turn and escape the atomic blast.
The Genie could take out an entire formation of bombers if it was ever needed . Fortunately, it was not.
- 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
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- 27th Fighter Interceptor Squadron
The F was a reliable aircraft, capable of withstanding the unforgiving weather conditions of the U. Incidents did occur, however, forcing pilots to react quickly and precisely.
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In one particular case, two pilots of the 87th were flying a two-seater FB used for training, when they experienced oil pressure problems and severe engine vibration. Fearing an explosion, the pilots were quick to shut off the engine and glide their F for sixteen miles back to KI Sawyer, where they managed to successfully land the aircraft with just 10 feet to spare before the runway barrier. Rather than a conventional elevator or tail wing, the F opted for the use of elevons, which combined the input for the ailerons and elevators into one control surface .
A flat spin is a deadly condition where the aircraft begins to spin tightly while maintaining a horizontal attitude. In accordance with procedures, the pilot ejected from his aircraft to escape what seemed like a certain fate.
Apparently, the sheriff arrived at the scene to find the plane in the field, still running, and requested help to shut it down.
John Roznick sits in the cockpit of an F in Courtesy of John Roznick Apart from its airframe, the avionics system of the F was a state-of-the-art system unlike anything else. The Hughes MA-1 computer was the first digital computer to be built into a fire control system.1958 World Wide Weapons Meet, Project William Tell, Tyndall AFB (full)
As such, it was not necessarily perfect in its first iteration. Over the year lifespan of the F, the MA-1 would receive more than 60 modifications and upgrades to remain up-to-date with technological advances.
Furthermore, the avionics system allowed the pilot to fly all-weather interceptions to targets using a Heads Up Display HUD through the radar scope. The HUD displayed target altitude, heading, range, speed, and force strength, presenting the pilot with all of the information needed to intercept and engage targets . This combination of technologies effectively showcased the importance of having interceptors stationed at places such as KI Sawyer to be on alert when the Soviets came knocking .
Although they did not earn the coveted awards for Top Gun, or Top Unit during these competitions, they proudly sent pilots and maintenance crews to compete and hone their readiness capabilities .