Sperry Messenger Meets Tc-3 Over Scott Field
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On December 15, 1924 Lt. Clyde V. Finter successfully docked a Verville-Sperry M-1 Messenger biplane with an Army Air Service TC-3 dirigible over Scott Field, Missouri. This was the first successful hook-on and release from another aircraft in flight. The idea was to see if long-range airships could carry their own defensive aircraft in flight. While increasingly long-range aircraft an the inherent limitations of lighter-than-air craft were becoming obvious, the idea of a long range aircraft carrying its own protection in the form of a smaller "parasite" fighter was revisited as late as the 1950's, with tests of giant B-36 bombers carrying small "Goblin" fighters successfully undertaken, but again, abandoned as impractical.
October 16th, 2019
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