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  •  Wouldn't change basic flying characteristics (1+ / 0-)
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    The top drawer model perhaps had better radar and weapons systems than the export model, but that wouldn't change the basic flying characteristics because it was the same airframe, just different content inside it. If its flying(and landing!) characteristics sucked in the export model, they sucked in the domestic model too.

    BTW, selling crippled export models is SOP for the US too -- we may have sold F-15's to the Saudis, but we didn't sell them our latest weapons systems for the plane. Wouldn't want to upset the Israelis, after all...

    [Extremists] are motivated by the sneaking suspicion that someone, somewhere, is having fun -- and that this must be stopped. -- H. L. Mencken

    by badtux on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 01:08:26 PM PST

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