Apr 262012
 
Martin 246 Naval Attack Aircraft Proposal (1949)

The aircraft shown in the brochure at left is the Martin 246, a jet attack aircraft submitted to the US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer) on an unsolicited basis in 1949. Its chief characteristics were its inverted gull wing and T-tail, the latter being a popular design choice at Martin in this period. According to […]

May 112011
 
Vought V-358 Attack — Fighter Design Study

In 1947, at the request of the Bureau of Aeronautics (BuAer), Chance Vought Aircraft conducted a comprehensive design study of long range carrier based fighters. The purpose of the study was to determine the airplane performance, size and optimum arrangement with various available power plants, including turbojet, turboprop and reciprocating engines. The effect of reducing […]

May 082011
 
Douglas Model 1186-C Long Range Special Attack Aircraft - Scratchbuilt 1/48th Scale Model

One of my goals in researching and publishing books and articles on little known aircraft studies and proposals from decades past is to inspire modelers, illustrators, filmmakers, etc. to eventually bring some of these remarkable designs to life. Many of the studies I’ve uncovered have been unconventional, sometimes downright bizarre, and occasionally beautiful — certainly […]

Apr 282011
 
McDonnell Douglas Model 226-458 Quiet Attack Aircraft

The history of stealth aircraft design remains shrouded in secrecy.  Though selected details regarding the development of such successful stealth aircraft as the Lockheed Martin F-117, Northrop Grumman B-2 and Lockheed Martin F-22 have come to light in recent years, information on the unrealized projects and studies that preceded these aircraft has been less easy […]

Jan 012011
 
Secret Aerospace Projects of the US Navy, Volume 1: The Incredible Attack Aircraft of the USS United States, 1948-1949

In his second book, Jared Zichek presents the comprehensive story of some of the most radical attack aircraft ever designed to operate from an aircraft carrier. These incredible projects were developed in 1948 to equip the USS United States, an immense 65,000-ton supercarrier that was to have been the core of the Navy’s nascent strategic […]