Mar 232012
Bell D188A/Model 2000 VTOL Fighter Mock-up Report—February 1959

In our latest article in a series on the Bell D188A/Model 2000 (a.k.a. XF-109 / XF3L—both spurious designations invented by the Bell marketing department) supersonic VTOL fighter of the late 1950s, we present this huge, heavily illustrated mock-up report dating from February 6, 1959. By this time, the Air Force had become a significant partner in the program, […]

Jul 262011
Boeing B-54A Mock-up Inspection (1948)

The Boeing B-54A was the planned production version of the YB-50C and the final development of the B-29 Superfortress. It was powered by improved R-4360 Variable Discharge Turbine (VDT) radial engines. Wing span was increased by approximately 20 feet, necessitating additional outrigger landing gear in the outer engine nacelles. The larger wing imposed heavier loads […]

Mar 272011
Vought XF8U-1 Crusader Mock-up Photos

The Vought XF8U-1 airplane Mock-Up Inspection was held on September 16-18, 1953 at the Chance Vought Division, United Aircraft Corporation, Dallas, Texas. The XF8U-1 was a development model of a supersonic, single engine carrier-based day fighter type aircraft: Intended Use—Its intended use was to maintain air superiority in daylight fair weather both over friendly Task Forces […]