|By Carmelo Turdo|
|McDonnell Aircraft XF-85 Goblin No. 1 with Hook Exposed|
|The Goblin Approached the EB-29B Carrier|
This smallest of jet fighters was essentially built around the Westinghouse J-34 engine with minimal internal room available for fuel, cockpit instruments or weapons at this early stage of development. The wingspan was just 21'1" and both wings were designed to fold upward so that the jet could fit inside the bomb bay of the B-36. The 14'1" fighter had respectable flight performance, with added stability from the triple tail assembly and wingtip stabilizers. The aircraft was launched and retrieved from a trapeze arrangement under the EB-29B carrier aircraft, and the Goblin had a skid assembly that could be lowered in case ground recovery was needed.
|The Goblin is Captured in the Trapeze|
|Mr. Les Eash with the Goblin Wind Tunnel Model (Nankivil photo)|
Those members and visitors who attended the MOAHS meeting viewed viewed a slide presentation and short movie compiled by MOAHS President Dan O'Hara, and heard first-hand testimony by McDonnell Aircraft Company retiree Mr. Les Eash, who was the trapeze operator on the EB-29B carrier aircraft. Also, a wind tunnel model of the Goblin with it's early tail configuration was on display courtesy of the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum. The museum also provided models of the Goblin and its proposed carrier aircraft, the B-36, both in I/72 scale for accurate size comparison.
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|Goblin and B-36 Size Comparison (Turdo photo)|