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This left nowhere to put a traditional cockpit; in its normal location it would have projected deep into the duct area. To address this, the team modified the design in a fashion similar to both the Leduc 0.

The design was presented to the U. Air Force in , and was accepted for development as the XP In order to gain inflight experience with the delta wing layout, Convair suggested building a smaller prototype, the Model , which the USAAF accepted in November The main difference was to the stretch the fuselage rearward to provide room for the engine, leading to a conventional fuselage shape.

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In order to save development time and money, many components were taken from other aircraft; the main gear was taken from a North American FJ-1 Fury , the nosewheel from a Bell P Kingcobra , the engine and hydraulics were taken from a Lockheed P Shooting Star , the ejector seat and cockpit canopy were taken from the cancelled Convair XP , and the rudder pedals were taken from a BT trainer. The airframe was moved to Convair's plant in San Diego , and completed in the autumn.

By the time the aircraft was ready for testing, the concept of the point-defense interceptor seemed outdated and the now redesignated F project was cancelled. They also decided to rename the test aircraft as the XFA. Early tests were limited to taxiing, although a short hop was made on 9 June On 21 December Bill Martin began testing the aircraft for the company. However, there was very little improvement in performance.

In addition, there were maintenance problems with this engine and only 21 flights were made during the next 19 months. The addition of wing fences partially alleviated this problem. Crossfield flew 25 flights in the XFA by 14 October None of the pilots had much good to say about the design. Yeager commented "It was a tricky plane to fly, but I got it out to 1. There was no lineup of pilots for that airplane. It was a miserable flying beast. Everyone complained it was underpowered.

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The delta wing's thin airfoil cross section, low weight and structural strength made it a good candidate for a supersonic airplane. Very slow landing speeds could be achieved, at the cost of extremely nose-high landing angles and the resulting poor visibility. The combination of good high-speed and low-speed characteristics was very difficult to achieve for other planforms. Although the XF itself was not liked, the design concept clearly had promise and the delta wing was used on several Convair designs through the s and s.

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This book tells of famous record-breaking flights throughout history, focusing on the exciting time following World War Thread starter OM Start date Feb 3, Joined Jun 22, Messages Reaction score 0 Website www. Has there been a book that covers in detail the Convair F2Y Sea Dart beyond a few paragraphs and a couple of photos? Steve Pace Aviation History Writer. Joined Jan 6, Messages 2, Reaction score 6. XB Guy said:. Matej Multiuniversal creator. Joined Feb 13, Messages 2, Reaction score 36 Website www.

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But its in "a few paragraphs and a couple of photos" category in general. OM said:. Joined Dec 6, Messages Reaction score 11 Website www. Two illustrations not in the Ginter published monograph.

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The illustration is from B. Long's SETP article. F2Y Lower Side Color. Joined Aug 3, Messages Reaction score Thanks for pictures!