Development Cost = 1.1Trillion Operational ( Maybe never )
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the
world will know peace" ~ Indian philosopher Sri Chinmoy
F 3H Demon after-burning supersonic all weather single place Interceptor (1960)
Operational ( 3 years ~ replaced by F4H two place multimillion dollar Phantom )
The F3H 'Demon' served as the U.S. Navy's strong arm in the air from 1956 to 1965, when its younger brother, the famed F4 Phantom took to the skies. The Navy desperately needed a high performance fighter to meet the challenge of the swept-wing MiG-15 encountered over Korea. Later models, predesignated F3H-2M, were equipped to fire the Raytheon AAM-N-2 Sparrow and later the Sidewinder air-to-air missiles ~ both of which I carried and fired. Deployed aircraft carried both types of missiles, the Sparrow on the inboard rails and the Sidewinder outboard. Cannons were not used in carrier air defense applications, but they were installed and armed when situations (such as the Cuban Missile Crisis) dictated, and where the aircraft might be deployed against surface targets.
As an accomplished Demon Driver, I grew to love this sled for it proved to be highly maneuverable and forgiving when landing on the carrier ~ particularly at night and in all weather conditions.
That's two years of flight operations at an operational cost of over a quarter of a Billion dollars.
Heart centered spiritual consultant and advisor Allen L Roland can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org . Allen is also a lecturer and writer who shares a weekly political and social commentary on his web log and website allenroland.com. He is also a featured columnist on Veterans Today and guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on www.conscioustalk.net