Blackhawk #192 (1964) (Was-DCP) (14)

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  • Dan Thompson on 2020-Aug-12 23:07:40 Dan Thompson said

    The Blackhawk's venerable F-90C's were replaced in issue No. 192 by F-105's modified with lift fans in the wings to provide vertical take off and landing (VTOL) capability. The Ryan XV-5A had demonstrated that such lift fans did work, though the weight penalty and mechanical complexity kept them from being practical in a real aircraft. The artists never seemed to appreciate how large an airplane the F-105 really is, and it generally was drawn much smaller than the actual plane.The Blackhawks flew the VTOL F-105s from 1964 to 1968.

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