Test pilots have brass balls

I’d walk out onto the runway, take one look at that and say “Aw, hell no.”

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32 Responses to Test pilots have brass balls

  1. who dat says:

    Why’d you walk onto the runway? The thing is sitting on the ramp.

    • Jeffery in Alabama says:

      Here is a video of an X-85 I found on YouTube. At app. 2:40 it shows the parasite attempting to dock with the mother ship when he crashes into the retrieval boom. A little later the video shows the Goblin on the ground with the canopy busted all to hell. The DoD must have had unlimited funding right after WW2. It seems they would try to build just about anything the German designers had ever drawn on paper or whatever the engineers at Lockheed or Boeing dreamed two nights in a row.


  2. Skipperdaddy says:

    I used to ride in that in front of the grocery store while my mom shopped.

  3. Elmo says:

    And Chuck Yeager would walk out onto the runway and say “Hell, yeah! Strap me in!”

  4. Gater, OKC says:

    Notice the carriage it’s sitting on. This is NOT a landing gear.

    The plane is a “Goblin” intended as an escort fighter, to be carried as a parasite by the Convair B-36 bomber. The hook in front of the canopy was designed to latch onto a trapeze lowered by the bomber to catch the returning fighter plane.

    It never worked out well as the rough air next to the bomber made it very difficult to retrieve the fighter.

    To my fellow Veterans: God bless you my brothers and sisters.

    Jim Gates, MSgt, USAF (retired)

  5. Steve says:

    THis was an experimental “parasite” fighter, the thought was it would be carried aloft by a bomber, fly around to shoot bad guys, then reconnect to the bomber via the weird looking hook on the nose. That’s why it does not have landing gear, it is resting on a ground carriage.

  6. Greg says:

    I believe that is the aptly named “Goblin”.

  7. C Watson says:

    Anyone know the model?

  8. nonncom says:

    “Goblin” was a good name for this Rube Goldberg project….

  9. Hutch says:

    That abomination was the XF-85, meant to be carried aloft by the B-36 (speaking of abominations) as a fighter to protect the B-36 from interceptors. It was to be carried in the bomb bay, deployed to engage, and recovered while in flight. There is video of just a recovery on YouTube.

  10. sa says:

    i’d say “come on guys, where’s the real plane?”

  11. The Rat Fink says:

    Mooooooom! Slim wants to ride the bomb again!

  12. SgtBob says:

    The airship guys tried the same thing from around 1915 until the 1930s. The early ones worked just as well as the Goblin. Air does strange things when a big oblong object pushes through,

  13. POd American says:

    A few years later Convair decided to one up Douglas and designed a disaster known as the Pogo, only to be bettered by this cluster: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_7jENWKgMPY.

    The next POS that took over forty years to “perfect” is the Boeing V-22, followed by the other monumental cluster aka F-35.

    Watch the link provided and while watching it just imagine to yourselves…what could possibly go wrong??

  14. Rob in Katy says:

    Is that a pilot in the right rear chopper? Man I hope he made it.

  15. Mike_C says:

    Aw, hell no.

    Wait. So you are fascinated by midget humans, but repulsed by midget aircraft? WTF, man? Just WTF?

  16. JeremyR says:

    Aaw aint that cute? what’s it gonna be when it grows up? Yer casket.
    Some times you have to wonder how we survived the cold war… With out help from Russia.

  17. Andrew says:

    In the continued history of parasite fighters, they came out with this weird wing-connector-refueller thingymabob to connect 2 F-84s to the wingtips of a B-36.

    The planes would launch separately, then the fighters would connect in-flight to the B-36, sucking fuel and catching a ride.

    Worked, well, okayish. But since the B-36 was replaced by the B-52, and sanity prevailed…

  18. Gryphon says:

    I don’t Recall the Project Name, but there was a Study done of a Nuclear-Powered Bomber that carried Six Fighter Jets on Wing Pylons. The Bomber had a Design Gross Weight of over 6,000 TONS. And a Modified B-36 was used in a Test of a Turbine-Atomic Engine. At least, in the 50’s the ‘Projects’ had a Cool Factor, and Sensible Engineers always figured out how these Concepts were Useless…. Today, we have such Airborne Abortions as the V-22 and F-35, Sucking Up all the Money that Could be put to better Use.

  19. Don McCollor says:

    …not original by me, but the pilot’s log would be interesting (due to failure to reconnect) showing more landings than take offs in that abortion…

  20. Don McCollor says:

    …another engineer’s wet dream was a fix to the Navy Bearcat that tended to break the thin wing at the root under high gee…they first deliberately weakened the wings at the fold point 1/3 from the tips so they would snap off first still allowing control and landing…of course one wing was stressed more than the other…and the pilot was flying with 1 1/2 wings…THEN they added switches to sense when one wing parted, the other was blown off with primacord…

  21. David Evans says:

    At least my feet could reach the pedals……5’5″….Was 5’6″..but I got old…..

  22. crazyeighter says:

    It doesn’t look like it’s got shit for endurance; where’s all the damn fuel?

    Would it piss you off at all to launch, shoot down the bad guy, then run out of fuel trying to hook the trapeze? Remember, it’s a long way ;home when you gotta walk/swim.

  23. Gryphon says:

    A similar Idea that Really Worked was the AGM-28 Cruise Missile, a Turbojet-Powered, Supersonic Nuke-Armed (1.1 Megaton Round) that was Radio-Guided from the B-52 that carried it. 4 could be loaded on the Pylons of a B-52, and were used as “Forward Defense” missiles to take out Air Defenses ahead of the Bomber. One Cool Feature was the Engine of the “Hound Dog” Missile was connected to the Bomber, and it could be Run for (overloaded) takeoffs, and helping the Bomber gain the last 20,000 Feet into the Sixties. Then the Misslie could be Launched with its Fuel Tanks Full.

    • crazyeighter says:

      And the engine (J-52) was used in the A-4 Skyhawk and the A-6 Intruder. Not sure how I’d feel about flying an airplane designed around one or two disposable engines.

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