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 Post subject: Project Tip-tow
PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:14 am 
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One of the more interesting experiments undertaken to extend the range of the early jets in order to give fighter protection to the piston engined bombers, was the provision for in-flight attachment/detachment of fighter to bomber via wingtip connections. One of the several programs during these experiments was MX106 done with a B-29 mother ship and two F-84D "children", and was code named "Tip Tow" A number of flights were undertaken, with several successful cycles of attachment and detachment, using, first one, and then two F-84s. The pilots of the F-84s maintained manual control when attached, with roll axis maintained by elevator movement rather than aileron movement. Engines on the F-84s were shut down in order to save fuel during the "tow" by the mother ship, and in-flight engine restarts were successfully accomplished.


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 Post subject: Re: Project Tip-tow
PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:54 am 
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Pretty amazing. Wonder how they attached them?

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 Post subject: Re: Project Tip-tow
PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:52 am 
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That's insane. Probably more so than the XF-85 experiment. I'd imagine the attachment gear on the wingtips would create a bit of drag on both the fighters and mothership.


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