Chalmers "Slick" Goodlin, famed aviator and the first person to operate a X-1 supersonic rocket plane in powered flight, acknowledged that the Soviet Union acquired a "juicy prize" when they recruited a horde of Nazi aircraft industry resources following the end of World War II. For this article on the Russians' secret weapons, Goodlin gave Popular Science three exclusive drawings of Russian aircraft. These plans came courtesy of a private source in Europe, who claimed that these planes were capable of sustained supersonic flight.
Futuristic features, such as the ability to fly at double the speed of sound, figured heavily into these planes. The plane pictured left, which improved on Kurt Tank's Ta-283 Focke-Wulf design, supposedly had an engine in its tail.
Read the full story in "Is Russia Building These Speedsters?"