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Re: Charliemikeromeo's profiles & other art
« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2019, 02:08:00 AM »
Nice - this was quite an attractive design:


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« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2019, 02:52:37 AM »
Very attractive aircraft; too bad it used underperforming engines (which is a nicer description than my first thought about the engines).

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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2019, 04:22:33 AM »
I wonder if there were any British engines that could have been used instead?
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« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2019, 08:14:01 AM »
Mikoyan I-7K

The USSR had a substantial challenge in defending the vast Soviet airspace frontier, especially as the performance of threat aircraft increased. Among the large interceptor projects of the 1950s was Mikoyan's I-3P, a swept-wing design powered by a single Klimov VK-3 and armed with two 30mm cannon and the capability to carry unguided rockets. Problems with the VK-3 kept the I-3P prototype from being finished as planned, but this airframe was converted to take the Al-7F engine as the I-7. This was intended to lead to an I-7U tactical fighter that would have been accompanied by an I-7K interceptor variant fitted with the Almaz-3 radar and armed with K-6 AAMs. Testing with the I-7 showed a disappointing performance, and no series production of either model would be undertaken.

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« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2019, 10:08:36 AM »

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« Reply #35 on: November 03, 2019, 01:13:16 PM »
 :smiley:
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« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2019, 12:44:54 PM »
Did this one _ages_ ago...an RAF B-32 or Dominator Mk.I

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« Reply #37 on: November 07, 2019, 02:21:39 AM »
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« Reply #38 on: November 07, 2019, 09:43:48 AM »
Did this one _ages_ ago...an RAF B-32 or Dominator Mk.I
Beautiful!!  Perhaps with the demand of other programs for R3350 engines, production B-32's could have been fitted with W3420s as trialed on the XB-39?

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« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2019, 12:01:07 PM »




IN THE REAL WORLD: Although the US Navy would not operate monoplane fighters until the first F2A Buffalos requipped VF-3 aboard USS Saratoga in December 1939, it had been interested in this class of aircraft for some time prior, and in late 1932 ordered prototypes from Boeing (the XF7B, a navalized P-29) and from Northrop, the XFT-1, a Wright R-1510 -powered design that owed much to the company's work on the Delta and Gamma monoplane transports. The XFT-1 was the first fighter from designer Ed Heinemann, who would go on to find much success with Douglas, but this initial foray would be far less successful than its illustrious descendants.

First flown in January 1934, the XFT-1 would prove to be fastest USN fighter of its day, but had poor low speed controllability and buffeted badly when spun. The prototype was reworked with a larger tail and R-1535 engine as the XFT-2, but this configuration proved even worse, and the Navy actually deemed the aircraft unairworthy. Despite instructions to ship the aircraft back to California from Anacostia, an attempt was made to fly it back, ending in a crash in the Allegheny Mountain range.

This did not mean an immediate end to the design, as it formed the basis for the Northrop 3A land-based fighter, with retractable landing gear. This was proposed as a P-26 replacement, but USAAC testing showed that the aircraft still tended to spin. The prototype was lost without a trace over the Pacific in July 1935.

This ended Northrop's involvement with the project, but amazingly the design was to cling to life, being sold to Vought, which used it as the basis for the V-141 prototype. This was put forward to meet the P-26 replacement need, but still proved susceptible to spinning, and there would be no US orders. Vought tried to sell the V-143 with a larger tail to export customers, but there were no takers. Aftrr the aircraft was stretched, given a new tail and uprated engine, there were still no customers, and Vought disposed of the V-143 by selling it to Japan as the AXV1. Predictably, the Japanese found no more use for the design than any others, and the program finally died an overdue death.

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Re: Charliemikeromeo's profiles & other art
« Reply #40 on: November 24, 2019, 08:27:49 PM »
My what lovely spats you have there!
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« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2019, 01:12:36 AM »


A hypothetical F-80E of the 8th Fighter Bomber Wing in Korea. The F-80E was a planned but unbuilt version of the Shooting Star, with swept wings and an afterburning engine.


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« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2019, 07:05:33 AM »
De Havilland DH.111 Comet Bomber what-if profile by Christopher Reed, on Flickr

Years before the Comet airliner was adapted into the Nimrod patrol aircraft, there was another proposal to use the type as the basis for a military version - the De Havilland DH.111, a bomber variant that was not pursued. 18 1,000lb conventional bombs or a Blue Danube-sized nuclear store could have been carried in the revised fuselage with bomb bay.

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« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2019, 07:25:53 AM »
Your DH.111 bomber is very cool  :smiley:
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« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2019, 10:31:26 AM »
Thank you!