Aeroplane Monthly 1979-02
L.Hendrix - F for Photo-reconnaissance
The photographic version of the Flying Fortress was the Boeing F-9. Many B-17s were so modified.
A McDonnell RF-101B over California's Mojave Desert. A variant of the celebrated Voodoo, the RF-101 was recognised by its extended nose.
The one and only RF-82B, built at Eglin in 1948.
The camera bay of a Lockheed F-5
An F-5B with the flat camera windows visible in the nose.
Lockheed's F-5 served with distinction in World War Two.
One of ten North American B-25s modified as F-10s, with a noseful of cameras.
The one and only Douglas O-38A, typical of the slow observation aircraft used by the Army Air Corps.
The association of Col Roosevelt and Howard Hughes led to the development of the Hughes XF-11.
Fairchild's F-1, a version of the civil model 71, was the first Army aeroplane to bear the “F” designation. This one was at Chanute Field, Illinois.
The photographic version of North America’s famous P-51 Mustang was the F-6. Note the camera port aft of the insignia.
This F-6D, converted from a P-51D-10-NA, shows the dorsal fin addition as well as the camera ports and the DF loop behind the aerial mast.
Паразитный истребитель-разведчик RF-84F FICON. Из парка RF-84F, имевшихся в распоряжении ВВС США, 25 самолетов были переоборудованы в вариант RF-84K (на фото) для авиационного комплекса FICON (Fighter CONveyor). В состав комплекса входил самолет-носитель, для роли которого был выбран Convair RB-36D (получил обозначение GRB-36D), и подвешиваемый к нему так называемый паразитный самолет (RF-84K). В бомбоотсеке устанавливалось Н-образное крепление, при помощи которого происходил сброс и прием RF-84K.
Designed to fit the Convair RB-36’s bomb bay, 25 examples of the droop-tailed Republic RF-84K were built, but served for only a short period with the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron.
Republic’s XF-12 Rainbow was the company’s only four-engined aircraft, and had a complete darkroom. Only two were built.