Northrop XP-79
by NorthAmericanAviation
uploaded 2017-05-23
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#Flyingwing #Northrop #Experimental #Stock #Replica

Flying Ram

Details

  • Type: SPH
  • Class: aircraft
  • Part Count: 104
  • Pure Stock

Description

The heavy bombers of World War II were an extremely effective tool in air-combat; well-armed, capable of destroying ground targets, and completely reusable after all is said and done. However, the Zeppelin company of Germany and the Northrop Company of the U.S. sought to create an unorthodox answer to the question of how do we down a heavy bomber? by creating flying rams. In theory, these lightly-armed, super fast ‘fighter’ aircraft would fly through a section of an enemy bomber and do massive damage, then return home unscathed.

To accomplish this incredibly ambitious feat, designs of Northrop’s XP-79 consisted of a welded magnesium monocoque frame, two rocket engines, and a bubble canopy that the pilot would lie forward in to fit in the aircraft. While the XP-79B was never fitted with rocket engines, the MX-324, a program predecessor, was. It took to the air towed behind a P-38, making it the first U.S. rocket-powered aircraft to fly.

Fortunately, the idea of a flying ram was abandoned by the end of the war. The XP-79B program itself, though, ended on the sour note of the death of test pilot Harry Crosby.
This recreation, ironically, is completely stable, has good maneuverability, and can reach a top speed of 185 m/s with only two Junos. Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.2.2.

Here you will find everything that trails black smoke, jettisons fuel, and runs on liquid oxygen and ammonia. Oh, 20th Century aviation development, where art thou?

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