Monday, May 25, 2009

Long-forgotten flight experiment: P-80 with ramjets

I always liked the first American jet fighter, the P-80 / F-80 Shooting Star. It's just a beautiful airplane with clean, simple lines, a product of Kelly Johnson's legendary genius. A link circulated on the Google group rec.aviation.military is a reminder that all kinds of one-off experimental aircraft were created in the 1940s-1960s, and many were poorly documented. This is an F-80 with small ramjets mounted on the wingtips.
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