Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Videos of the rocket-boosted XFY-1 Pogo

Upon further digging, I found videos of the rocket-powered aerodynamics testing of  0.133 scale rocket powered Convair XFY-1 "Pogo" models. I previously have posted a couple of still shots of the Pogo-equipped rocket but the videos show a lot more detail.  I am still surprised to see a propeller-driven airplane design tested atop a rocket.  Until I saw NASA Cultural Resources' videos, I didn't realize the airplane models were released for free-flight.  However, I guess it makes sense that the would be.

Pogo model prep and flight test on May 17, 1954.

Hover tests conducted at NASA Langley Research Center's Free Spinning Tunnel. If I do another PMC of the Pogo, I'm going to use this paint scheme.