'Tis an XF-85 Goblin, designed and built I think by Convair. Designed as an on-board escort fighter for the B-36 Peacemaker. Concept thus: Enemy fighter shows up, Goblin deploys, dispatches enemy, then returns to the B-36 mother ship, attaches via a complicated hook-trapeze arrangement, and is hoisted up into the Peacemaker for the trip home. Never actually became operational for some strange reason....mostly to do with the Goblin being a mite tricky to fly if I recall correctly (although the 'it seemed like a good idea at the time' effect may also have had something to do with it.
Boy, I am going to have to come up with some better ones than this, considering it only took Mumbles 13 mins to knock this one over!
The aircraft pictured is a McDonnell XF-85 Goblin. As Mumbles says, it was designed as a parasite defensive fighter to be used with the Convair B-36 bomber.
Unfortunately, although the aircraft itself flew okay, trying to hook it back up under the bomb bay of a moving B-36 proved to be slightly more problematic than anticipated, due to the turbulence created by the mass of a moving B-36.
If anyone else wishes to choose an aircraft for Mystery aircraft quiz #2, then you are more than welcome, otherwise I will add another in the next few days.
If my memory serves me correctly, the "Bonney Gull" or something similar.
The premise was that the designer (Mr. Bonney - can't recall his first name) decided that the secret of successful design lay in studying birds and designed an aircraft to emulate them. The first and only test flight was to prove - fatally - that this design wasn't such a good idea after all.
The above is from my recollection of an entry in the "World's Worst Aircraft" which is sitting in my bookcase at home while I'm sitting here at work so somebody may like to correct me... or I'll do a Google search later.
Flying has a perfect record, we haven't left one up there yet!
That must have been a bit too easy so while waiting for Corsair67's next entry try this one.
I appear to have been usurped! ;D
I have no idea what this is, but I will wager it is european (I'm getting a big Italian vibe, or maybe Dutch), and from the 1930's
For my designated mystery item, I see your wierd pusher and boom type, and raise you this:
Spotted recently and instantly taken with (to the point of planning how I would kitbash a model of one) since it looks awesome in only the way that obscure Soviet heavy metal can... Clues will be offered if needed