The Curator’s Choice 57

Forgotten Fifties Fighters
Aerfer Ariete – Nord Griffon II – North American YF-93A

The 1950s was an exciting time to be involved in aviation. Rapid advances in aerodynamic knowledge, new materials and new and powerful motors opened the door to new and sensational innovations. The force of the Cold War also drove governments to support many new ideas that research and development made possible so it was a period when the skies were filled with new and wonderful aircraft. Some were successful and some were not. Even some of the successes were reduced to footnotes in history because of changes in politics or military doctrine, or because the technology was evolving so rapidly they were left behind. Let’s look at three of them.

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