Nov 112015
 
Northrop N-63 Convoy Fighter: The Naval VTOL Turboprop Tailsitter Project of 1950

The Northrop N-63 was an unconventional VTOL turboprop tailsitter aircraft proposal submitted to the US Navy’s convoy fighter competition of 1950, which ultimately produced the Convair XFY-1 Pogo and Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon. It was a single-seat high performance fighter designed to protect convoy vessels from attack by enemy aircraft, and for vertical unassisted takeoff from, […]

Oct 022015
 
Martin Model 262 Convoy Fighter: The Naval VTOL Turboprop Project of 1950

The Martin Model 262 was an unconventional turboprop VTOL aircraft proposal submitted to the US Navy’s convoy fighter competition of 1950, which ultimately produced the Convair XFY-1 Pogo and Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon. It was a swept-wing aircraft with triple vertical tails powered by an Allison XT-40-A-8 turboprop engine driving 16 ft contra-rotating propellers. The launch […]

Aug 162015
 
Goodyear GA-28A/B Convoy Fighter: The Naval VTOL Turboprop Tailsitter Project of 1950

This book provides a detailed overview of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation GA-28A/B, one of the submissions to the US Navy convoy fighter competition of 1950, which ultimately produced the Convair XFY-1 and Lockheed XFV-1 VTOL aircraft. The GA-28A was a three-quarter scale prototype of the convoy fighter, while the GA-28B was the full scale design […]

Feb 152012
 
Early Lockheed XF-90 Concepts — the L-153, L-167 and L-169 Studies

The Lockheed XF-90 was built in response to a 1945 Air Force requirement for a long range penetration fighter and bomber escort. It was an attractive aircraft heavily influenced by the company’s experience with the P-80, sharing a similar intake and low wing configuration. However, it was designed to operate at higher speeds, with a […]

Dec 272011
 
Lockheed XR6O-1 Constitution Development Story

The gallery above reproduces the “Lockheed Constitution Development Story,” a publication from December 1950 summarizing the design and development of the Lockheed XR6O-1 Constitution, a huge aircraft initiated in 1942 by Lockheed as a long-range, high capacity transport and airliner for Pan American Airways and the U.S. Navy. Only two Constitutions were ultimately built, both serving […]

Dec 202011
 
Lockheed P-80A for the U.S. Navy (1947)

In the third installment of an unplanned series on the navalized Lockheed P-80A, Serial No. 1028/Navy Serial 29668, we present a U.S. Naval Air Test Center (NATC) report dating from June 23, 1947 on flight tests of the Shooting Star as an overload fighter with wing tip auxiliary fuel tanks installed—project TED No. PTR 1116. I […]

Dec 152011
 
Lockheed V-156 Jet Patrol Airplane Project (1944)

The Lockheed V-156 was a study for a jet patrol airplane prepared for the US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics on November 1, 1944. Resembling an enlarged Fouga Magister (though bearing no relation to that design), the V-156 was a shoulder wing monoplane with a V-tail powered by a pair of unspecified jet engines, possibly the […]

Nov 222011
 
Lockheed P-80A for the U.S. Navy (1946)

After publishing our original article on P-80A, Serial No. 1028/Navy Serial 29668, naval aviation historian Tommy Thomason sent us additional photos of the aircraft under test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1946. According to Tommy, both bridle and pendant configurations were evaluated for catapult launch of the Navy’s P-80A. The bridle cable was attached to […]

Nov 162011
 
Lockheed P-80A for the U.S. Navy (1945)

The photo gallery above depicts a Lockheed P-80A ordered for evaluation by the U.S. Navy in 1945. The aircraft carried Lockheed Aircraft Serial No. 1028/Navy Serial 29668; modifications include the addition of an arresting hook, catapult hooks and holdback. The photos were taken on December 5, 1945, likely at the Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank, […]

Lockheed L-242 Navalized Starfighter

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Feb 192011
 
Lockheed L-242 Navalized Starfighter

The L-242 airplane was the result of two concurrent studies which were being pursued prior to Lockheed’s final submission to the OS-130 competition. The first such study was based on the original requirements for a Navy fighter outlined in the first issue of OS-130. The second study was for a day fighter airplane based on […]

Jan 012011
 
Mother Ships, Parasites and More: Selected USAF Strategic Bomber, XC Heavy Transport and FICON Studies, 1945-1954 (American Aerospace Archive 5)

In this bumper-size final issue of The American Aerospace Archive, we revisit the theme of early postwar strategic bomber development (originally covered in Issue 3) and introduce two new subjects: the USAF XC Heavy Transport and Parasite/Missile Carrier as well as selected Fighter-Conveyor (FICON) studies from the early 1950’s. A common thread throughout this issue […]