National Museum of the United States Air Force

aviation, aviation history, photo

Spent an absolutely fantastic weekend playing aviation geek down in Dayton Ohio at the USAF museum. 

I’m just starting to go through the hundreds and hundreds of pictures I took over the course of a day and a half.  Lots of them are going to show up here and on Flickr over the next few months.  Might even get me through to Oshkosh in July.

Let’s start with the strangest of the bunch.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the XF-85 Goblin.

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“The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was designed to meet a USAAF requirement for a single-seat "parasite" escort fighter that could be carried by a large bomber. Development of two prototypes was ordered in March 1947. The resulting design was entirely the product of design constraints, which required it to fit into the bomb bay of a B-36 (although it was first tested under a B-29). The B-36 was the intended mother ship that would carry as many as three Goblins.

A tiny, short fuselage was fitted with low/mid-set foldable swept wings, of 21 ft 1.5 in (6.44 m) span. It was powered by a 3,000 lb (1,400 kgf) Westinghouse J34-WE-7 turbojet. There was no landing gear except for emergency skids. The fighter was intended to return to the parent aircraft and dock with a trapeze, by means of a retracting hook.” (From Wikipedia)

Looking like somebody’s idea of a joke, the Goblin actually flew quite well when away from the turbulence of the mother ship.

Only 2 were built and 46-6523 was transferred to the museum soon after the program’s cancellation in 1950.