This book presents the original proposal for the Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter of 1950, which led to the XFV-1 Salmon turboprop tailsitter naval aircraft. It was one of five submissions to the US Navy’s Convoy Fighter competition, which called for a high performance turboprop VTOL fighter to protect convoy vessels from attack by enemy aircraft. The original L-200 design differed from the eventual XFV-1 in having a tail with only three surfaces, an eight-bladed propeller, and various turboprop engine installation options. Variants covered include an early L-200 study with inverted tail; the L-200-1 tactical fighter; L-200-2 stripped prototype; L-200-3 with afterburner; L-200-6 swept wing variant; and L-200-7 canard configuration.
This full color 76 page book features 70 images, including rare photos, detailed blueprints, vintage artist’s impressions, and beautiful color profiles. Reviews of the book have been very positive. Part 2 will cover additional proposal documents, wind tunnel testing at NACA, and other unbuilt turboprop tailsitter projects. This is the fifth in a series of monographs covering the Navy’s Convoy Fighter competition of 1950; previous volumes on the Convair, Goodyear, Martin, and Northrop designs are still available from booksellers worldwide. Lockheed Model L-200 Convoy Fighter can be purchased on Amazon and its international branches for $18.99, along with other major booksellers worldwide. A Kindle edition is available on Amazon and its subsidiaries for just $9.99, while Retromechanix readers can purchase an EPUB version for just $8.99 from my shop on Gumroad.com, a savings of $1 off the regular price! Please click the button below to purchase: