Just A Day At The Office
What do you get for the man who has accomplished as much as Chuck Yeager? Well living past the age of 90 would be near the top of the list.
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Saunders Roe SR.53
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The merging of jet engines and rocket engines reached a zenith with the British SR.53. It be the last interceptor designed with the point defense role in mind. It would also be the last native British fighter designed before the decision to move to surface to air missiles for defense.
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The Republic F-84 would see many modifications to its basic airframe. One would lead to the parasite aircraft we looked at before. Another would lead to a propeller plane best known for its ability to make ground crew sick. This time the F-84 would see several unusual modifications made in the name of point defense.
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Focke Wulf Triebfluegel
Desperation can lead to creativity. When you have nothing else to lose you will look into every option possible. This led to one of the more interesting designs in the wars waning days with that in mind we look at our next point defense aircraft.
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The Russian’s had found that the rocket engine could provide great performance in aircraft at almost the same time as the Germans and Americans. Unlike the American’s who believed in the pilots safety and the German need for high tech. The Russian’s installed went down the path of brute force.
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ME-163 Getting Jumped By A P-47 Thunderbolt
The job of defending the airfield has fallen to some of the most dangerous aircraft the world has ever seen. Today we start with the German answer to this need. Like its namesake it would arrive on the scene quickly, burn bright and disappear just as quickly.
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Tip Tow Above The Tulips
The next stop on our little tour of how to build a long range escort is to take the lessons learned from the past and go to the next illogical step.
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McDonnell XF-85 on the trapeze
Finding solutions to the need for a long range escort fighter led to some very unusual concepts. The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin may go down as one of the more abnormal ways to protect the bomber streams.
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