McDonnell XF-85 GoblinImage source: wikipedia.com
The McDonnell Aircraft Corporation constructed the XF-85 Goblin. McDonnell designed the Goblin as the world’s smallest jet-propelled fighter. The plane was known as a parasite because bombers carried and released it when under attack. This aircraft is distinguished by its egg shaped body.
The Goblin launched off of a Convair B-36 bomber for the first time in 1948. The aircraft’s potential captured designers imaginations. Its 1949 cancellation brought the Goblin back to reality. The aircraft simply couldn’t compete offensively with opposing fighters and its docking difficulties burdened pilots. The Goblin program cost $3.1 million. In its short lifespan, the Goblin expanded the knowledge of parasite fighter aircraft concepts.