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So the end of the line was rapidly approaching for the flying boat but it wasn’t going to go out quietly. The sounds of jets on the water could be heard for miles.
Flying boats are nice but what we really want is a land planes whose proportions are almost comical.
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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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.
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.
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.