Monday, April 24, 2017

Convair XFY Pogo

A crazy idea I guess someone just had to try.


  1. When I was a kid, I thought that the idea of a point response fighter that could take off and land without a runway made sense. I recall this aircraft. The Harrier, and now the F-35B do it better, but the concept was always necessary.

  2. I remember those model airplane kits from when I was a boy.

    1. I wonder what a pristine example of the model kit might go for today?

  3. Is it just me, or does anyone else view Convair designs as just so much aerodynamic spaghetti thrown against the wall, hoping something will stick? It seems nothing was too outlandish, and often had that 'designed by committee' look. Take, for example, the XB-36 that was shown here a few days ago. Instead of taking a logical look at a multiple wheeled landing gear to cope with the enormous weight, they just built ONE BIG WHEEL; multiple wheel assemblies at least provide some safety in redundancy.

    Design rant OFF.