The Convair F/A-201A is the first aircraft of our "What-If" lineup. These are aircraft that never left the design stage, but are interesting enough for us to see how they handled.
The Convair F/ A-201 was the proposal put forward by Convair under the designation COnvair 201. It was based on an earlier proposal for an "Advanced F-106". It was designed with a single Pratt & Whitney JTF22A-30A/F100-PW-220 engine and its most striking feature was the inclusion of canard fins.
There were to be both land-based and carrier-based aircraft. Also they proposed to make a VSTOL version with two lift engines and a vectored nozzle for the main one. In another first, this aircraft was designed with a fly-by-wire system to help control it.
In 1975 the U.S. Navy decided to select a derivative of the YF-17, the loser of the U.S: Air Force Lightweight Fighter (LWF) Aircraft competition which resulted in the F-16. The YF-17 was converted into the F/A-18 Hornet and the Convair 201 proposal never went beyond the model stage.
The RAZBAM Convair F/A-201A Kestrel for FSX includes the following amazing features and innovative functions:
Highly detailed exterior and interior models
Interior and Panel
Very comprehensive representation of cockpit systems which include:
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