THE VAUTOUR'S SPECIFICATIONS - PAGE 4
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
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
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.
And see the Speed Of Sound table.
Max. Speed, Loaded, Clean, at Low altitude: ca. 0.9 Mach (1,100 kmh)
Max. Speed, Loaded Clean, High Altitude: 0.92 - 0.94 Mach
(975 - 1,000 kmh)
- * One of the test flights in France, from Mulan-Villaroche to
Istres, a distance of 590 km. was completed in 30 min. in a measured
average speed of 1,180 kmh.
Speed, Loaded with external fuel tanks, High Altitude:
ca. 0.9 Mach (950 kmh)
speed: 0.84 Mach ( 885 kmh - long range cruise, high
- Max. Mach
No. in dive:
up to ~ 1.05 at heights up to 36,000'
and up to 1.1 - at 36,000' and higher
ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,240 m.)
at heights over 51,000 feet (~ 15,545 m.) had been recorded.
ceiling, attack / photo-resse , hi-lo-hi profile missions:
40,000 - 45,000 feet (12,192m - 13,716m)
Climb Rate, T.O. Weight - Clean:
IIA / IIN : 11,820 feet/min. ( = 60 m/sec)
IIB : 13,880 feet/min. ( = 70.5 m/sec)
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.
Radius of Action
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.
Range, with drop tanks: ca. 4,000 km.
Internal (Standard) Fuel : ca. 3,000 km.
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.
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
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
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