Description The Convair XFY-1 Pogo is one of many attempts made after World War II to devise a practical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) combat aircraft. The Navy awarded contracts to Convair and Lockheed to design, build, and fly experimental VTOL fighters in May 1951. Each company agreed to build two prototypes but in the end, they built only one Lockheed XFV-1 and one Convair XFY-1 Pogo. The XFV-1 never made a vertical takeoff and landing primarily because the Navy gave to Convair the only powerplant rated for both vertical and horizontal flight. The XFY-1 could not only take off and land vertically, it could also transition to horizontal flight and back and did so many times. A number of interesting design features contributed to this prototype's success. The Pogo proved that the VTOL fighter concept was theoretically possible but that much work remained to make the idea operationally practical. As it stood, flying the XFY-1 required above-average piloting skills and special training. In 1973, the Navy transferred the aircraft to the National Air and Space Museum.
Jim Caiella, Richmond, VA Member Since November 2010 Artist Statement Longtime photojournalist. author, illustrator, editor.
I am a photographer by education, training, experience, and inclination. I have worked for newspapers and wire services up and down the East Coast. Among many other media outlets, my work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Newsday, Road&Track, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and San Jose Mercury.
In past lives I was director of photography in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI; and Augusta, Georgia. I was the last photo editor of The Richmond News Leader and subsequently associate photo director of the Richmond newspaper.
I most recently was Senior Editor of Proceedings and Naval History of the U.S. Naval Institute and an editor for the U.S. Marine Corps, History Division, Quantico, Virginia. I am currently a writer/editor for the Navy's Naval History and Heritage Command at the Washington Navy Yard.
My favorite subjects are aviation, naval history, and automobiles. Most of what you will see on these pages reflects those interests.