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Convair XFY-1 Pogo
Convair XFY-1 Pogo

The Convair XFY Pogo tailsitter was an experiment in vertical takeoff and landing. The Pogo had three-bladed contra-rotating propellers powered by a 5,500 hp Allison YT40-A-6 turboprop engine. It was designed in hope for a high-performance fighter aircraft capable of operating from small warships. Image File history File links Convair_XYF-1_Pogo. ... Image File history File links Convair_XYF-1_Pogo. ... A tailsitter is a type of VTOL aircraft that launches and lands on its tail, something akin to a Buck Rogers type rocket, such as the McDonnell Douglas DC-X Delta Clipper. ... Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) describes airplanes that can lift off vertically. ... Contra-rotating propellers on a Rolls-Royce Griffon powered P-51 Mustang. ... A diagram showing how a turboprop works. ... An A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-86 Sabre, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustang fly in formation during an air show at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. ... Diagrams of first and third rate warships, England, 1728 Cyclopaedia. ...

A weapon load of four 20-mm cannon or 46 x 70-mm Mighty Mouse unguided high-explosive rockets was proposed, but never fitted. Landing the XFY-1 was very tough, as the pilot had to look over his shoulder while carefully working the throttle to land. The Pogo's first transition from vertical to horizontal flight took place in November 1954. This is a list of aviation-related events from 1954: Events January January 10 - a BOAC de Havilland Comet crashes into the Mediterranean Sea near Elba with the loss of all 35 people aboard. ...

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never fitted; planned were
  • 4× 20 mm cannon, or:
  • 46× 70 mm ‘Mighty Mouse’ rockets

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