YRF-84F Used for Project "FICON" flown by Bud during flight testing. Now on display at the USAF Museum. During the 1950s, the Air Force decided to conduct experiments on the feasibility of B-36's carrying fighter aircraft suspended under their bellies. This would not only provide the bomber with its own fighter protection, but would make possible for the bomber to carry the fighter long distances to a combat zone. Upon reaching the edge of an enemy's territory, the fighter would be released to conduct reconnaissance or bombing missions on it's own.
The YRF-84F was the prototyped of the standard USAF F-84F "Thunderstreak." Originally designated the YF-96A, it consisted of an F-84E "Thunderjet" fuselage with swept-back wings and tail. As the YF-96A, it made it's initial flight on June 3, 1950.
The YF-96A, redesignated the YRF-94F "FICON" (contraction of "Fighter" and Conveyer") was modified so that it could be carried by a B-36. As the FICON, it made its first flight on March 30, 1953. However, subsequent development of mid-air refueling for range extension of fighter aircraft proved so successful that experiments with parasite fighters were discontinued.
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