Interesting F9F-2 Variant

Interesting F9F-2 Variant

Joined: July 29th, 2006, 1:18 am

May 29th, 2018, 2:57 am #1

This is the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (Australia) CA-31, a proposal apparently based on the F9F-2. It was abandoned in favor of a swept-wing T-tail design with pitot intake. The illustration is from a defunct Russian forum via www.secretprojects.co.uk. The call-outs are undecipherable, but note the second seat:

CA-23  1.JPG And what is that sphere in the nose?

Tommy Thomason has been asked about this by email, but does anybody else know anything about it?
Michael McMurtrey
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Joined: November 24th, 2008, 8:53 pm

May 29th, 2018, 4:00 am #2

The sphere usually is to show us the diameter of the radome cross section,,,,it sort of implies some sort of radar.

Interesting drawing.
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Joined: December 7th, 2009, 12:13 pm

June 12th, 2018, 2:18 pm #3

I built a model of the F-9F-2  and painted it "bare metal" per a "black and white" photo that I saved in my WW-II scrapbook several years ago.
I took some nice digital of the model so if you want to see them email me at foxx700777@gmail.com.............Rodney. 
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Joined: May 26th, 2008, 8:13 pm

June 27th, 2018, 4:46 pm #4

Sphere in nose= nose weight…?
Bob O'Connor
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Joined: June 20th, 2013, 8:11 pm

July 9th, 2018, 12:51 pm #5

Are those 2 seats drawn into the picture? They look small, but if they are, there would appear to be a second driver situated in the nose-cone? 
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Joined: May 18th, 2005, 7:03 pm

July 9th, 2018, 12:56 pm #6

Kim Snelten wrote: Are those 2 seats drawn into the picture? They look small, but if they are, there would appear to be a second driver situated in the nose-cone? 
It sure looks like there's two seats, although I suspect the forward one is likely the RADAR operator. Instead of the GIB (Guy in Back), I guess he'd be the "Guy in Front."
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Joined: June 20th, 2013, 8:11 pm

July 9th, 2018, 6:39 pm #7

Oeps, original post already mentions 2 seats. My stupid...Kindest Kim
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