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F-1 Support Fighter / T-2 Supersonic Trainer

The Mitsubishi F1 attack aircraft, which is similar in configuration to the Jaguar, is the combat version of the T-2 trainer. The rear cockpit of the T-2 is faired over with the space used for additional fuel. Other modifications include the addition of two wing pylons and a fuselage pylon, and the 20mm Vulcan cannon of the T-2A armament trainer along with combat avionics. The F-1 is a capable attack aircraft though with relatively short range, and can be used in interception missions carrying the AIM-9 missile. A total of 77 aircraft were built.

The Mitsubishi T-2 was developed as the supersonic trainer aircraft for JASDF. And also, JASDF required growth potential to support fighter of this trainer. The development works by ASTET (Advanced Supersonic Trainer Engineering Team) begun in 1967. The first prototype made its first flight at Nagoya Airport (Komaki Air Base), on 20 July 1971. The second and the third production of T-2 (#106 and #107) were converted to FST-2Kai, which were the prototypes of F-1 Support Fighter, on the assembly line.




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