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The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was a fighter aircraft, conceived during World War II and intended to be carried in the bomb bay of the giant Convair B-36 bomber as a defensive “parasite fighter”. Because of its small and rotund appearance, it was nicknamed “The Flying Egg”.

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    1. Easy, RSIxidor: “Two XF-85 prototypes were built, and both still survive:
      * 46-523 is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. The aircraft was transferred to the Museum on 23 August, 1950 following the cancellation of the XF-85 program, and was one of the first experimental aircraft to be displayed at the new Air Force Museum.[5] For several decades the aircraft was displayed alongside the Museum’s B-36 Peacemaker. In 2000, it was decided to move the aircraft to the Museum’s Experimental Aircraft Hangar. This move was the subject of intense objection by Museum staff and visitors, who felt the aircraft should be displayed alongside the B-36 to properly present its design intentions. In 2007, the XF-85 was again returned to display alongside the Museum’s B-36. Along with the Boeing Bird of Prey it is the only experimental aircraft not displayed in the Museum’s Research & Development Hangar.
      * 46-524 is on display at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska.”


    2. BF1942: Secret Weapons of WW2 ftw!


    3. SumoSnipe:
      “There was no landing gear except for emergency skids. The fighter was intended to return to the parent aircraft and dock with a trapeze, by means of a retracting hook.”


    4. Seriously atk, what were you thinking submitting all these at once? I have over 10000 pics, I submit only 3-4 at a time…on different subjects.


    5. I’ve seen the one in Nebraska.


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