Nov 032011
 
Ljungstrom Internal Propulsion Aircraft Projects (1928)

In 1928, Olof Ljungstrom of Detroit, Michigan submitted a pair of unusual aircraft proposals to NACA which featured boundary layer removal via a primitive form of jet engine, in which a piston engine drove an axial flow turbine blower inside the aircraft. The power plant is reminiscent of that used by the Caproni Campini N.1, […]

Sep 132011
 
Lee-Wendt "Amphibion" Flying Boat Studies (1937-8)

The US Navy received many unsolicited aircraft proposals during the 1930’s, a time when defense dollars were scarce and aircraft manufacturers were especially desperate to land contracts. One of the more interesting proposals from this era is the Lee-Wendt “Amphibion” Model WA-22, a handsome design for a high wing monoplane amphibian from 1938 that featured […]

Aug 092011
 
Consolidated PB2Y-3 Coronado with Integral JATO Motors (1944)

The image gallery above reproduces a report by Consolidated Aircraft Company dated February 15, 1944 summarizing the findings of a series of take-off tests made on a production PB2Y-3 Coronado airplane fitted with special “jet” propulsion motor equipment for assisted take-off. (These were not jets in the modern sense but small rocket motors). The jet motor units, of […]