1/32 Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon VTOL Paper Model

1/32 Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon VTOL Paper Model

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1/32 Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon VTOL Paper Model

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1/32 Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon VTOL Paper Model

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In 1948, the US Navy issued a proposal to the aircraft manufacturers for a fighter capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). One such response from Lockheed was the XFV-1 Salmon. Two prototypes were ordered in 1951 by the Navy. In 1953, the test pilot at the time making taxing trials (Herman "Fish" Salmon) reached take-off speed which caused the aircraft to briefly hop marking the unofficial first flight. In 1954, the XFV-1 made its first official flight using a temporarily affixed landing gear configuration. The VTOL trials were delayed pending the availability of an engine with 7,100 hp which was never constructed. Further flights of the XFV remained powered by the 5,332 hp Allison YT40-A14 which was a contra-rotating turbo-prop engine. Although the XFV-1 was capable of transitioning from level flight to vertical flight, engineers quickly realized that the performance of the XFV-1 had been surpassed by conventional aircraft at the time which were built with jet engines. Lockheed and the US Navy canceled the XFV-1 VTOL project in June 1955.

This paper model kit builds the experimental VTOL, XFV-1 Salmon BuNo 138657 (marked 657 on the fuselage), as it appeared in the white and red testing livery.

Paper Model Details: Over 200 parts including integrated tabs, joining strips, internal formers for fuselage and wings, opaque canopy and template for canopy foil and instructional diagrams. This model does not have a cockpit and instead has a textured cockpit area to use with clear canopy. Degree of Difficulty: 4/5

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Text by Robert Turner

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