I'm gonna leave the 1.42 alone but this AIM-54 data is 'interesting' to me. If anyone has a LINK I'd sure like to read more.
I've seen photos of Tom's a recently as the last year with the AIM-54 mounted, albeit typically singly, outboard on the gloves.
That said there are some plus' and minus' to the Phoenix weapons system as a whole.
IIRC, the last AIM-54 was bought in 1987 and built in like 1989/90. The typical deal is to 'close out for xx years shelflife' a production line with a HUGE buy of spares that helps both maker and service get through to the final end of the weapon life.
That's what's kept a similarly dated missile, the Maverick, going anyway.
Unfortunately, if nothing else, the motor will start to decay and if it develops cracks the burn will go 'crooked' and it's 50:50 whether it will fly forward or blow /up/ when you kick it off the rail.
Other things to consider...
The AIM-54 is called the Buffalo because it is So Slow in the midcourse. About Mach 3, IIRC.
Against a 'determined' (stupid) FQ AS-4/6 or Tu-16/22m threat that's okay because terminal performance is actually quite good from a high loft but against a fighter there is some margin for running-from-under the weapon.
Which may be part of what allowed the Iraqis to press us so hard and 'get away with it' at the edge of the NFZ, just this last errr, spring.
OTOH, in Desert Storm, the F-14/AWG system was called 'the broom' because Iraqi CAPs would literally run away from -their own airbase- rather than stand and fight. As soon as their RWR's picked up the Tomcats lookin' hard in their direction they were skedaddling in another.
AIM-7P and even AIM-120 (if the Cat ever gets it) simply don't provide the same level of /ranged threat/ pol IMO and this is bad.
Why? Well, in an era of less-everything in the SEAD department and yet a constant 'zero loss' requirement against increasing numbers of SA-10 and up, /quality/ AD missile systems; the ability to 'shoot into' (or across) an active surfacethreat is real handy, even if all's you do is ground the GLI or keep an Air Force from running to Iran.
Hence the 'standoff and still kick your teeth in' AIM-54 option is still Very Nice To Have.
With the recent installation of the DFCS mod, we can hope that the ol' Turkey will be around awhile longer (though looking at the 111 AMP program as an example of braindeadedness, that's no guarantee).
One of my BIGGEST gripes with the Super Bug (besides raw uglies... is the likely lack of effective supersonics performance whilst still lugging effectively a -shorter range- missile than the Euros are getting (and will sell, with Typhoon if not Rafale).
At that point Tomcats with a variable geometry, bags of gas, and the 110 'kick' through the Mach, will again become of paramount /air to air/ importance.
And those aircraft had better have at least a decent 'turn signal' push-off capability to break up any enemy equipped with R-77PD or FMRAAM (or even AMRAAM/77/MICA) class BVR weapons.
At the moment, that capability is the Phoenix and only the Phoenix, plus some luck.