Tail Sitters

 

An aircraft that points straight up permits the entire thrust of its propulsion system to be converted directly into vertical lift. Unfortunately, while it may be somewhat easy to take off facing up, it was considerably more difficult to land facing the opposite direction the aircraft was traveling.

Aircraft in this sub-category include:

Lockheed XFV-1

Convair XFY-1 Pogo

Ryan X-13

SNECMA C450 Coleptere
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