Anigrand #AA2058 1/72 McDonnell XF-88A Voodoo

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Kit #AA2058. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1945, the USAAF recognized all of the early jet fighters lacked sufficient range to escort bombers to the target, so proposals for a penetration fighter were requested. In 1947, McDonnell submitted its larger-sized F2H proposal, and the company was chosen for two prototypes, designated XF-88 Voodoo. The other designs entered the competition were the Lockheed XF-90 and the North American YF-93A. In 1948, the XF-88 made its first flight. Handling was acceptable, but the speed was disappointing. In response, the second prototype was modified with two afterburning turbojets, and was redesignated XF-88A. The XF-88A reached higher speeds, but it still was not fast enough. In June 1950, after a fly-off with the XF-90 and YF-93, the USAF chose the XF-88A as the winner of the contest. However, no production order was justified at the time because of the outbreak of the Korean War. At the war’s conclusion, the USAF still required a modern escort fighter. McDonnell was asked to develop an advanced design based on the XF-88. Two prototypes were ordered that became the F-101, with the same name of Voodoo.

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