The A-38 was tested at Elgin AAF in simulated field conditions, and it easily passed the AAF test program.
Was this also supposed to replace the F-14? It seems like it could have served as a long-range interceptor as well.A/FX: no designation had been assigned, but this was a planned two-seat variable geometry aircraft for both the Navy and AF for the deep-strike mission. Intended as the replacement for both the A-6 and the F-15E, McDonnell-Douglas, Lockheed and Boeing in a team proposal, and Northrop, all submitted proposals. The program was terminated and folded into what became the Joint Strike Fighter program in the early Clinton Administration. The aircraft would've been a stealth aircraft, with internal weapons bays, but would've also had the ability to carry external weapons pylons when stealth was not considered to be a factor in a mission.
If it looks right it flies right. That looks like it was drawn by an 8 year old.
And flown by a committee.
The Pogo? Unless a reliable why of landing the beast at sea is developed what's the point. The only option I can think of that might have worked is if the pilot could have snagged a wire of some sort and been winched down onto the deck.