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#82 2007-05-03 18:33 GMT-5 hours    
Is it me or does the Jaguar have some really over-sized legs and feet? It just seems kind of odd for an aircraft of that size. What is the reason for this? Take a look at the photos below to see what I mean.

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#84 2007-05-04 14:32 GMT-5 hours    
The Jaguar undercarriage was designed for rough-airfield operations using low pressure tyres, so it had to be "chunky". Something which the French found to be successful when they operated the aircraft from poorly maintained airfields located in Africa.

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#94 2007-05-07 16:38 GMT-5 hours    
Ah, that makes sense. At first I thought it may have been for carrier operations, but I'm not sure if the Jag ever did operate off of carriers. Did it?

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#98 2007-05-08 08:11 GMT-5 hours    
The French Navy (Aeronavale) did use one example, the Jaguar-M, for aircraft carrier trials in November 1969; the jet underwent various modifications for the trials and was given a larger, stronger nosewheel undercarriage leg. Sadly, despite completing the deck trials programme the project was cancelled as it was felt the Jaguar was not suitable for carrier operations. The French Navy ordered the Super Etendard instead.

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#99 2007-05-08 14:34 GMT-5 hours    
We won't mention the fact that the Super Etendard is 100% French compared to the 50% French Jaguar...

Apparently the decision had something to do with the Jags poor single-engine performance - remind me how many engines a Super Etendard has? :dontgetit

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#324 2007-06-18 06:56 GMT-5 hours    
Well, you know what they say about big feet.

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