Convair XF-92

Convair XF-92

LandNorge , Norge
Første flytur18 September 1948

Den Convair XF-92 (originally designated XP-92) was an early American delta wing aircraft. Originally conceived as a point-defence interceptor, the design was later used purely for experimental purposes. However, it led Convair to use the delta-wing on a number of designs, including the F-102 Delta Dagger, F-106 Delta Dart, B-58 Hustler, the US Navy’s F2Y Sea Dart as well as the VTOL FY Pogo.

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Convair XF-92
FotograferJohn Heck, Vladimir Yakubov
LokaliseringNasjonalt luft- og rommuseum, Washington DC
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The Convair XF-92 was an experimental jet fighter developed by the United States Air Force in the late 1940s. It was the first aircraft to fly with a delta wing, a triangular-shaped wing that has no horizontal tail surfaces. The XF-92 was designed to test the feasibility of the delta wing for high-speed flight and to explore its aerodynamic characteristics. The XF-92 was not intended to be a combat aircraft, but rather a research vehicle for future delta-wing fighters.
The XF-92 was powered by an Allison J33-A-29 turbojet engine that produced 4,600 pounds of thrust. The aircraft had a maximum speed of 715 miles per hour and a service ceiling of 49,200 feet. The XF-92 had a wingspan of 31 feet 4 inches and a length of 42 feet 6 inches. The aircraft weighed 9,078 pounds empty and 14,608 pounds loaded. The XF-92 had no armament, but it had provisions for two .50-caliber machine guns in the nose.
The XF-92 made its first flight on September 18, 1948, piloted by Chuck Yeager. The aircraft performed well in flight tests, demonstrating good stability and maneuverability at high speeds and altitudes. The XF-92 also proved that the delta wing could provide sufficient lift for takeoff and landing without the need for flaps or slats. However, the XF-92 also suffered from some drawbacks, such as poor visibility from the cockpit, high landing speeds, and a tendency to pitch up at low speeds.
The XF-92 program was canceled in 1953 after 188 flights. The aircraft was transferred to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) for further testing until 1956. The XF-92 was then retired and donated to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, where it is currently on display. The XF-92 was an important milestone in the development of delta-wing aircraft, and it influenced the design of several later fighters, such as the Convair F-102 Delta Dagger and the Convair F-106 Delta Dart.

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