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Perhaps one of the strangest weapons employed during the Second World War (on the Allied side at least) were the QF-8 Shooting Star parasite fighters. Tiny, cramped airplanes barely capable of carrying a single man, a machine gun, some ammunition, and enough fuel to last a few minutes, the idea was for the Shooting Stars to be used as bomber escorts; they would latch onto Allied bombers until reaching hostile airspace, at which point they would detach from their host aircraft and begin engaging hostile fighters that tried to menace their bomber.
 
Perhaps one of the strangest weapons employed during the Second World War (on the Allied side at least) were the QF-8 Shooting Star parasite fighters. Tiny, cramped airplanes barely capable of carrying a single man, a machine gun, some ammunition, and enough fuel to last a few minutes, the idea was for the Shooting Stars to be used as bomber escorts; they would latch onto Allied bombers until reaching hostile airspace, at which point they would detach from their host aircraft and begin engaging hostile fighters that tried to menace their bomber.
   
The idea was strange to say the least, and it never really caught on, the project being abandoned after several bombing missions where the Shooting Stars failed to protect their bomber escorts. In the end, the project was shut down, the Allies having decided that the Shooting Stars were simply too weak to be of any real use (though the concept would be revived with the [[Mesofortress Gunship|Mesofortress]]). Even then, the strangeness of the concept prevented it from fading into complete obscurity.
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The idea was strange to say the least, and it never really caught on, the project being abandoned after several bombing missions where the Shooting Stars failed to protect their bomber escorts. In the end, the project was shut down, the Allies having decided that the Shooting Stars were simply too weak to be of any real use (though the concept would be revived with the Mesofortress). Even then, the strangeness of the concept prevented it from fading into complete obscurity.
   
 
Many years later, the Confederates would construct their own "Shooting Stars", to use in the conflict against the Allies. There are quite a number of differences between the two, of course; while the Confederate version does greatly resemble the original in design and appearance (the person responsible having been attempting to build a replica of the original Shooting Star), it is not nearly as large, and is in fact too small to have a human pilot (and still carry ample ammunition for the machine gun). Instead, the Confederates control these aircraft with remote controllers from the safety of the ground, with the cockpit packed full of explosives to be detonated once their fuel or ammunition is expended. Another important difference is in the roles; the original Shooting Stars were meant as escort fighters, whereas Confederate Shooting Stars are used as last ditch interceptors, operating from special '''Launch Rails'''.
 
Many years later, the Confederates would construct their own "Shooting Stars", to use in the conflict against the Allies. There are quite a number of differences between the two, of course; while the Confederate version does greatly resemble the original in design and appearance (the person responsible having been attempting to build a replica of the original Shooting Star), it is not nearly as large, and is in fact too small to have a human pilot (and still carry ample ammunition for the machine gun). Instead, the Confederates control these aircraft with remote controllers from the safety of the ground, with the cockpit packed full of explosives to be detonated once their fuel or ammunition is expended. Another important difference is in the roles; the original Shooting Stars were meant as escort fighters, whereas Confederate Shooting Stars are used as last ditch interceptors, operating from special '''Launch Rails'''.
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