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I. M. Esperto
15th Oct 2002, 14:34
http://flightsimmers.net/airport/wingpub/parasite.htm

Interesting bit of history here.

I knew one of those Sparrowhawk veterans, CDR Singleton.

Included is a photo of one operating sans it's landing gear, and an account of FDR witnessing the operation.

Enjoy.

tony draper
15th Oct 2002, 22:18
I have seen a clip of a aircraft being released then hooking up again to the American airship AKron.
I believe the USA also experimented with a small Jet??fighter parasitic to one of the large Bombers.
Probably on a Discovery documentry, it was a while ago so I cant remember the details now.

oops sorry, I see thats already mentioned in the article,I should have read it instead of just looking at the pictures, but it was a film clip of the operation I watched

Who has control?
16th Oct 2002, 10:23
I think it was an F-84 Thunderjet (?) linking up to a B-36 Peacemaker

treadigraph
16th Oct 2002, 13:07
There was an F-84 used and also the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin which is what I'd call true parasite...

Here's a link with some info, there's probably loads more out there but my internet connection is a bit slow right now... Site doens't say whether they intended to hook the Goblin back up but I'd assume so.

http://www.air-and-space.com/goblins.htm

Think the idea of carrying F-84s on each wingtip of the B-36 was awesome!

Cheers

Treadders

Jhieminga
17th Oct 2002, 19:02
If my memory works as advertised, the XF-85 Goblin was meant as a parasite fighter to be carried by the B-36, but was never actually carried by one. Two Goblins were built, with retractable hook and folding wings (otherwise wouldn't fit inside the B-36's bomb-bay). The aircraft were test flown and the system was tested using a trapeze mounted on a B-29. Eventually this scheme was shelved and later on several RF-84s were modified and flown from B-36s. Any idea on how many were actually used??