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Slide Depicting Airplane III

This faded glass slide illustrates a study for a NATO competition, which was seeking a vertical-takeoff-and-landing interceptor to replace the F-104 Starfighter. Power came from the supersonic variant of Rolls-Royce’s Pegasus engine; The notation “PCB” in the description of the propulsion system meant “plenum chamber burning,” an afterburner-like thrust booster for the front fan.

About Chad Slattery

Based in Los Angeles, Chad Slattery is a freelance photographer (and occasional writer) who has specialized in aviation and aerospace subjects for the past 20 years. He regularly flies air-to-air photo flights in a specialized Learjet. A longtime Contributing Editor at the magazine, his hobby is collecting the vintage desktop models distributed by aircraft factories.

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