posted on Mar, 14 2016 @ 12:01 PM
a reply to: Sammamishman
Close, but wrong side of the pond
And also, you assume that the (slightly older) XF-109 would have even flown in the first place.
I just look at how much trouble Bell had making the V-22 fly, maneuver, and transition on two thrust pillars even with the fine control of
fly-by-wire, FADEC AND cyclic/collective rotor control, and I can only imagine how the XF-109 would have "flown" with its manual controls and the
throttle response of 1960-era jet engines. I reckon it would have made the Lockheed XFV look as docile as a P-47...
edit on 14-3-2016 by
Barnalby because: (no reason given)