THE VAUTOUR'S SPECIFICATIONS - PAGE 4


PERFORMANCE

The Vautour's performance, although being a heavy two-engined attack aircraft, was of the fighters transonic class,(as the F-86 Sabre, Mig-15/17, Mystere-4, Hunter F.4/6 etc.) in many aspects having relative advantages.
According to Israeli Vautours pilots reports, the Vautour was equal, if not superior, to the Mystere-4.
A unique encounter with an U.S.A.F Sabre (probably F-86F), during one of the transfer flights evinced the ability of the Vautour to evade interception, by its better climb and higher operational ceiling,
It is to mention that the agile Hunter gained victories ( 2 Vautours downed, H-3, 1967), but that was achieved during the Vautours' bombing passes, loaded with external arms.





Speed

And see the Speed Of Sound table.



Ceiling

  • Service ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,240 m.)
  • Flights at heights over 51,000 feet (~ 15,545 m.) had been recorded.
  • Practical ceiling, attack / photo-resse , hi-lo-hi profile missions: 40,000 - 45,000 feet (12,192m - 13,716m)


Climb Rate

  • Initial Climb Rate, T.O. Weight - Clean:
    * IIA / IIN : 11,820 feet/min. ( = 60 m/sec)
    * IIB : 13,880 feet/min. ( = 70.5 m/sec)
  • Initial Climb Rate, T.O with external loads:
    * IIA / IIN : ca. 7,500 feet/min. ( = 38 m/sec)
    * IIB : ca. 8,800 feet/min. ( = 45 m/sec)
  • Time to 39,370' (12,000 m) : 7.0 min. +/- 5% ; 5 min. to 32,808' (10,000 m ).
    * The pre-seies N 09, with 10,000 lbs. R.R. Avon engines, climbed to 12,000 m, in 3.5 min.
    * Another pre-production N aircraft climbed to 12,000 m. in 4 min. 49 sec.


Range and Radius of Action

  • Ferry Range (High Altitude):
    * IIA: nearly 5,900 km.
    * IIN, IIB: ca. 5,400 km.
    * The Vautour was the only aircraft, till the arrival of the F-4E, to fly directly from Western Europe to Israel.
  • Normal Range, with drop tanks: ca. 4,000 km.
  • Range, Internal (Standard) Fuel : ca. 3,000 km.
  • Endurance:
    * Long-Range flight at high altitude and optimal cruise, theoretically: up to 6 h + 30 min.
    * Normal Endurance, armed: ca. 4 h.
    * The ferry flights of the Vautour to Israel, in the route Tours - Bizerta; Bizerta - Hatzor, lasted, combined time, ca. 4.5 hours.
  • Combat Radius:
    * IIA: 1,200 - 1,250 km. (Long-Range Attack,Lo-Lo-Lo, 1,000 kg. of bombs)
    * IIN: 1,100 - 1,200 km. ( - " -)
    * IIN: ca. 1,600 km. (Air Patrol, 2 drop tanks and 2 AAMs)
    * IIB bomber: ca. 2,500 km. (with external bombs, Hi-Hi-Hi)
    * IIBR: 2,000+ km. (Strategic HI/PR mission)


Take off run: 800 - 1,200 m. according to initial weight

Landing run: 1,100 - 1,200 m. (700-800 m. with arresting parachute)

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