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NA/Rockwell 70's Stealth: Flying Banana, Silent Attack & Surprise Fighter

SteveO

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Ah yes. Must remember to reread threads before posting :)
 

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from Darold:

"I believe we also envisioned getting off one missile as a fighter...not very agile, but "surprising" the enemy (same philosophy as F-22!) with first shot/first kill."
 

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A project I've never heard of until today, looking through the Rockwell bomber study PDF here:

http://stinet.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=C016293&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf

Concept 4-1 uses stealth technologies developed under Rockwell's Surprise Fighter program. Radar tests of a model of this shape showed virtually no radar return from most directions. The aircraft penetrates at high mach number with its wings fully stowed, leaving only a slab-sided shape with minimal intersections.
Interesting that this knowledge didn't appear to make it into their ATF concept. :confused:
 

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I'm sorry I must appologise, I have for a while been gettin my reading of the title wrong, lazyness perhaps. Instead of
"NA/Rockwell 70's Stealth: Flying Banana, Silent Attack & Surprise Fighter", I have seen part to read as "Silent Banana". Sorry folks, my bad...........
IMHO though, my version works much better as a defence program title.
 

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When I was a kid there was a regional airliner. . .Hughes Airwest, that painted their aircraft yellow, called them "Top Bananas" but everybody else called them Flying Bananas. McDonalds even had little foam cutout "Top Banana" gliders they put in Happy Meals (I had one).

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