Full Size Printed Plan Semi-Scale Lockheed XFV-1plane that takes off vertically.
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Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes
No material plans only
Vintage plan from 1955
Build a flying model of the most revolutionary of all aircraft plane that takes off vertically.
Full size printed plan on a 36” x 25” sheet
Eight-page article with building notes
Free flight or convert
No control line or radio control instructions
Length 21 ½”
By Paul J. Palanek
Our replica is a copy of the Lockheed version right down to the contrarotating prop, since without it. the model would never get airborne. This is the third such model built by the author with many of the bugs worked out. This design is something entirely different in model aviation. Bear in mind the design centres around two requirements. One, is to duplicate the prototype's vertical take-offs and the second, is to bring the craft down again in one piece to fly again. The model's design is for free flight all the way.
SOME 64 years ago, the United States ••.. Navy initiated a development program for a vertical take-off type of plane. Two aircraft of this new species were built, one by the Convair (Consolidated Vultee) designated XFV-1. The other, built by Lockheed Aircraft is designated XFV -1. A model of the latter is the one we are going to' build. These planes are not helicopters or convertiplanes. However, they have attributes of both in their flight patterns. It is said, that if you were to watch a takeoff at maximum power the rising craft would disappear from view in less than. a minute ... that's power! -Not only do they employ the manoeuvrability of a helicopter and the speed of a jet, they also carry aloft a variety of armament from heavy machine guns to atomic weapons.
The secret of their phenomenal performance lies in their power plants. Both are powered with Allison Turboprop engines developing approximately 5,500 hp driving contra-rotating three- bladed props through a geared reduction box.
To quote Lockheed test pilot Hermarl R. (Fish) Salmon, "I've flown everything from helicopters to jets, but this is the' most powerful plane I've ever handled. Not only has the Navy revolutionized aviation but, they may force into play new measures in our Continental Air Defence Program. With these new designs any backyard is a military airstrip. The take-offs and landings are executed with such finesse one would think (if aboard) he were riding an elevator.