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Linus
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26 Feb 2015
11:36:32pm
After seeing that crazy airplane that Lindbergh flew, I had to scan in this wild ride.
Search the Wikipedia article on the Grumman XF5F Skyrocket.

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smauggie
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27 Feb 2015
01:18:34am
re: Sky-Rocket Post Card

As an airplane it doesn't look very stable. I bet it would be challenging to land one on an aircraft carrier.

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TuskenRaider
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27 Feb 2015
05:09:31pm
re: Sky-Rocket Post Card

Hi Everyone;

In what universe do sky-rockets have props?

Just thinkin' bout things....
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Bobstamp
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27 Feb 2015
07:06:28pm
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It seems that it was called the "Sky-Rocket" because of its high rate of climb -- 4,000 feet/minute. Suggested improvements during test flights called for moving the fuselage forward (or the wing backward), which would have made it look more "normal". In the end, production difficulties, including possible difficulties in obtaining spare parts for the two engines (which powered contra-rotating props to cancel torque), and landing gear difficulties resulted in choosing the Grumman Wildcat as the Navy's primary carrier-based fighter, despite the Wildcat's much lower rate of climb -- 2,333 feet/minute.

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TuskenRaider
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27 Feb 2015
08:12:48pm
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Hi Bob;

With the size of those engines compared to the overall size it's not hard to imagine it doing a
lot of things faster than other planes.

Just veggin' out....
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