Thursday, May 26, 2016

F-3H-G Report and Photos

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“The design of what was eventually to emerge as the McDonnell F-4 Phantom began in August of 1953. The McDonnell design team was headed by Herman Barkley. Initially, the goal of the team was to extend the production life of the F3H Demon single-seat carrier-based fighter by boosting its performance and improving its versatility. Several quite different design concepts emerged, all of them being informally designated by the company as F3H-X since they were all viewed as a natural follow-on to the F3H Demon….The Model 98B (F3H-G) project was to be powered by a pair of Wright J65-W-2 (or W-4) turbojets rated at 7800 lb.s.t. each. The twin-engined configuration was attractive to many in the Navy, because of the increased amount of safety it offered over a single-engined aircraft. The engines were to be fed by a pair of side-mounted air intakes. A low-mounted swept wing and an all-flying straight tailplane were to be used. This wing was slightly larger than that of the F3H-E, with a 530-square foot area. The fuselage was to be designed in conformance with the area rule, in order that minimum transonic drag be achieved.”

Credit: Archibald of Secret Projects (see here for a complete read) and Tommy H. Thomason at Tailhook Topics

Click here to download the report in PDF form (58.2 Megs)

Click here to view photos and drawings


Tailspin said...

The trick to getting the pdf download is to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the FileFactory sales pitch and click on the slow download (the fast one just leads to another sales pitch). Then it downloads. In nine minutes in my case.

Unknown said...

Great stuff!

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