This is a prototype of an F3H Demon, a Navy subsonic jet fighter. It was created during a times of an ever-changing design and though its development began in 1949 and the maiden flight’s been made in 1951 its complete design haven’t been finished until 1953. A Navy’s bitterly wanted F3H to be operational during the Korean war but that hadn’t happened. A three more years were needed for this aircraft to go into mass production.
An initial batch of Demons had a troubles with an engine. Built around a Navy’s favorite J40 jet engine which is proved to be unreliable and underpowered the aircraft had showed a poor performance. A total of a six aircrafts and four pilots were lost during the 1954-1955. Seeing that J40 engine is proved to be a major disappointment the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation quickly found an alternative solution with a J70 jet engine which was just a little better but gave an opportunity to finally secure a contract with a Navy for production of F3H-2.
Despite other problems the Demons had been produced from 1956 to a 1959 for a total number of 519 aircrafts.
In this Golden Age of a jet aviation a military aircrafts had a relatively short lifecycle. In 1964 a Navy had replaced all its Demons with McDonnell’s F-4 Phantoms which were a better designed and much more advanced descendents of an F3H.
On a contrary there’s not much to tell about the car next to the plane. It’s a 1947 Chevy 3100 pickup truck. Why is that? Because these Chevy’s haven’t had a vent windows in doors and there’s a driver’s side cowl vent. A 3100 pickups which were produced beginning from a 1951 had a vent windows on a both doors and a cowl vent was removed.
Such a minor details is also give us a possibility to tell when this photo was taken.
The photo was found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/66845958@N06/