Wednesday, February 08, 2012

XF-91 Thunderceptor

XF-91 Thunderceptor by Kemon01
XF-91 Thunderceptor, a photo by Kemon01 on Flickr.
Via Wikipedia:
The Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor was a mixed-propulsion prototype interceptor aircraft, developed by Republic Aviation. The aircraft would use a jet engine for most flight, and a cluster of four small rocket engines for added thrust during climb and interception. The design was largely obsolete by the time it was completed due to the rapidly increasing performance of contemporary jet engines, and was built to the extent of two prototypes only. One of these was the first US fighter to exceed Mach 1 in level flight.

4 × Reaction Motors XLR11-RM-9 rocket, 1,500 lbf (7 kN) each [LOX?Ethyl Alcohol]
Versions of the XLR11 motor also powered the Bell X-1, the Dryden Lifting Bodies, and the first X-15.