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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=83972
Submitted by: Low-Tech Redneck
Comments: 2  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 01-06-2011
View Stats Category: Other Vehicle
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The Convair Pogo. One of several experimental aircraft built for the Navy in the 50's to study if it would be possible to equip ships other than aircraft carriers with a compliment of fighters that could take off and land vertically by standing on their tails.


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1-06-2011 @ 11:07:41 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
In practice it proved impossible for a pilot to land safely. Even with an open canopy, adjustable seat and rear-view mirrors, it was difficult to judge both distance from the ground and rate of descent. The project was canceled within a year.

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1-06-2011 @ 12:36:10 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Another plane featured in that "World's Worst Aircraft" book I had a while back...

It's funny, the many different ways they attempted VTOL aircraft... then the Harrier is developed, and everyone's like, "Well, duh, it's easy when you actually think logically."


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