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Point Defense – The Last Of The Point Defense Fighters

Saunders Roe SR.53

[image credit – airliners.net]

 

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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Point Defense – Mixed Power Done Right

Republic XF-91

 

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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Point Defense – When All Else Fails Be Really Different

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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Point Defense – Not Designed By Yakov Smirnoff

Mig I-270

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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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Point Defense – The Fast Burning Komet

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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