Started by KJ_Lesnick, October 21, 2010, 10:08:38 PM
Quote from: apophenia on October 23, 2010, 08:16:19 PMThe Northrop F3T-1 SeaFang (from probably its only photogenic angle)
QuoteTurning the Fang into something useable may be more work than is worth the bother. IMHO, the worst aspect of the N-102 was that gawky, long main gear.
QuoteTailed deltas tend to have a lower angle of attack at low speeds than straight deltas.
QuoteYes, I know about the naval Black Widow, it's F2T designation partly inspired SeaFang.
QuoteFang wasn't designed for the US Navy, it was a Private Venture interceptor. Northrop submitted the N-102 for a USAF lightweight fighter RFP - hence those mockup photos and company drawings displaying USAF markings.
QuoteNorthrop's original, T-tailed N-156, and N-156N (N-165NN?) were for the US Navy.
Quote from: apophenia on October 31, 2010, 05:58:33 PMThe J57-powered F5D-1 was to lead to a later derivative with a GE J79 which promised greater range and fuel economy. To that end, a XF4D-1 testbed was flown fitted with a YJ79 in Dec 1955. The US Navy welcomed the potential speed and range enhancement but with no improvement carrier landing performance or pilot visibility forthcoming, no order was placed for F5Ds.
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