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Aug
08

Unconventional Thinking: McDonnell XF-85 Goblin

Goblin

The concept behind the XF-85 Goblin was to design an aircraft that could protect massed formations of B-36 bombers beyond the fuel range of ordinary fighter support.  The “Goblin” would travel with the bombers stowed away in the bomb bay of a B-36.  When enemy fighters attempted to attack the B-36 bombers, a pilot would climb into the Goblin and be released from inside the airplane to attack the enemy fighters.  When the Goblin accomplished its mission it would then fly back to the host B-36 and be retrieved using the hook-like device on the nose of the aircraft.  This particular XF-85 Goblin is pictured beneath the wing of a B-36.  For more on this airplane see: http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=586

This plane can be found at the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/

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