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Re: The Arnold Case - Solved?

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 11:52:04 -0500
Archived: Tue, 11 Dec 2007 18:47:52 -0500
Subject: Re: The Arnold Case - Solved?

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The U.S. Air Force experimented with 'parasite' fighters to be
launched from large bombers from 1948 through 1953.

The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was designed for the purpose, first
flying on July 22, 1948, and performing its first drop from the
Boeing EB-29B carrier on August 23, 1948. The idea was dropped
after a few tests when it became clear that only a skilled test
pilot would be able to pull off a hook-up.

Republic modified one of its F-84F Thunderstreaks into the YRF-
84F FICON (for FIghter CONveyor), to be carried by a Convair B-
36. Its first flight was on March 30, 1953. I saw it
demonstrated at the National Aircraft Show in Dayton, Ohio,
later that year. While it worked, the concept was rendered
obsolete by the concurrent development of in-flight refueling.

Obviously, neither of these combinations (the only ones known to
have been flown in the USA) could have accounted for an event in

Don Berliner
The Fund for UFO Research, Inc.

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