McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo (Air Force legends 205)
By Steve Pace
Publisher: S. Ginter 1999 60 Pages
PDF 7 MB
By me mid 1940s, gas turbine (turbojet) engine development had advanced to a point where turbojet power plant contractors could boast of lower engine dry weight and specific fuel consumption, higher sea level static thrust rating and engine-thrust-to-weight ratio. These claims created a great deal of optimism, and for the first time, that optimism overshadowed earlier pessimism. It was with this new belief in progress that the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) was prompted to sire several new and important turbojet engine-powered fighter aircraft programs. One such program was its revised long-range bomber escort and strike fighter, which it now called the Penetration Fighter program.