Report: The L-60 Supernova was the successor in design to the L-69 Nova, and the military succesor to the F-17 fighter. The initial flight was on a cool summer night, June 27, 1965. At [REDACTED]. The first flight adressed teething problems that weren’t easily fixed. Test pilot [REDACTED] had to make a hasty, but risky bailout due to balance complications. The pilot survived with minor injuries. But suffered mental trauma after the event.
“We never new the problems would be so bad, but thinking about it again, I’m not surprised. We were transforming a STOVL aircraft, into a conventional fighter. Funny.” -Richard Zoomwalt
“I was hesitant to climb into that thing, but after it preforming flawlessly my worries were all but gone.” -Pilot James Dapperfield. “
The thing handled like a dream! Stick some missles on it, and she’ll be combat ready.” -Lead Pilot/Squadron Leader Florence “Falling Star” Montgomery.
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- Wingspan 39.3ft (12.0m)
- Length 46.3ft (14.1m)
- Height 12.4ft (3.8m)
- Empty Weight 1,492lbs (677kg)
- Loaded Weight 5,923lbs (2,687kg)
- Power/Weight Ratio 2.276
- Wing Loading 20.7lbs/ft2 (100.9kg/m2)
- Wing Area 286.7ft2 (26.6m2)
- Drag Points 2248
- Number of Parts 198
- Control Surfaces 5