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Convair XFY

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XFY Pogo
Type Experimental VTOL fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Convair
Maiden flight November 1954
Primary user United States Navy
Produced 1954
Number built 1 prototype

The Convair XFY Pogo tailsitter was an experiment in vertical takeoff and landing. The Pogo had delta wings and three-bladed contra-rotating propellers powered by a 5,500 hp Allison YT40-A-6 turboprop engine. It was intended to be a high-performance fighter aircraft capable of operating from small warships. Landing the XFY-1 was difficult as the pilot had to look over his shoulder while carefully working the throttle to land.

The Pogo's first transition from vertical to horizontal flight took place in November 1954.

Specifications (XFY-1)

The XFY-1's pilot had to enter the aircraft via a ladder.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 22 ft 11 in (10.66 m)
  • Wingspan: 27 ft 7¾ in (8.43 m)
  • Height: ft in (m)
  • Wing area: 427 ft² (39.7 m²)
  • Empty weight: 11,700 lb (5,310 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 16,250 lb (7,370 kg)
  • Powerplant:Allison YT40-A-6 turboprop engine, 5,500 hp (4,100 kW)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed contra-rotating propellers


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