perhaps the early precursors to this beauty:Valentine with gap jumping rockets. For some curious reason it was not proceeded with. I wonder why .
Another Valentine weirdo had a Welland jet engine mounted at the front to scour out or detonate mines ahead of it. Imagine having to play catch with your own mines! The Soviets did a similar thing with a MiG-15 engine on T-54/55. A later T-62 based version with twin MiG-21 engines was used for oil well firefighting.
Damn! THAT is truly scary...perhaps the early precursors to this beauty:
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Zero Length Launch. Scary part, they worked (most of the time) and they worked (some of the time) on their MiG 19 counterparts!
Got to admit, it would be one hell of an adrenalin rush. But I do see why they passed on the Carrier mounted rockets - a disturbing trend of 100% upside down landings. Kind of hard to find test crews after that, ya know ?
The '02SS armoured aerosan', a prototype built in 1940-41 by the TsKB-50 (Leningrad) design bureau.