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Afternoon walkaround with the other Pogo — Lockheed’s XFV-1

30 January 2013

Afternoon walkaround with the other Pogo — Lockheed’s XFV-1

27º 58′ 55″ N / 82º 01′ 36″ W

Lockheed’s attempt at VTOL flight with an interceptor or fighter aircraft was the XFV-1, a contemporary of the Convair Pogo. Unlike the Pogo the XFV-1 did not land or take off vertically though transitions from level flight to hover were accomplished. Flying 32 flight is less than a year the end of the program came with the advent of the jet age where a propeller driven aircraft would be hopelessly outmatched by jet powered designs.

This XFV-1 is on display outside the Florida Air Museum in a splendid outside setting complete with sitting benches.

— photo by Joseph May

The text testifies to the unique purpose of the Lockheed XFV-1 — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Dorsal view of the XFV-1, note the cruciform tailplane — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

The pilot peered through the arcs described by a pair of three bladed contra-rotating propellers — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Access panel details of the XFV-1, the main one is for the engine — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

XFV-1 right wing tip pod — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Closer view of the contra-rotating propellers — photo by Joseph May

— photo by Joseph May

Ventral surface of the XFV-1 showing the engine air inlet and large exhaust port for the powerful Allison YT-40 turboprop engine (rated at 5332 hp/3976kW) — photo by Joseph May

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