May 172012
 
Higgins-Bellanca Cargo Model 39-60 (1944)

This article reproduces the original specification document for the Higgins-Bellanca Cargo Model 39-60 of 1944, an enormous transport aircraft designed for the USAAC which combined an elegant blended wing-fuselage with a twin boom tail assembly. According to various sources, this project began in 1941 and was also referred to as the “HC-57,” with the HC […]

Oct 122011
 
General Airborne Transport XCG-16 Military Transport / Assault Glider (Part 2)

In our first post on the General Airborne Transport XCG-16 military transport/assault glider, we presented a preliminary test report from November 14, 1944 evaluating this unusual lifting fuselage design. This post presents additional photos of the XCG-16 taken both before and after those previously published. The first 14 photos in the gallery above date from […]

Oct 052011
 
General Airborne Transport XCG-16 Military Transport / Assault Glider (Part 1)

The gallery above reproduces an Army Air Force preliminary test report from November 14, 1944 on the General Airborne Transport XCG-16 cargo glider, a 42-place (including pilot and co-pilot) cargo glider capable of carrying a 10,000 lb useful load. It was a flying wing type with twin booms and a single rudder, incorporating two cargo […]