Mar 132012
 
Douglas El Segundo Project 9 Tailless Bomber—Wind Tunnel Tests (1938)

The Douglas El Segundo Division Project 9 was a study for a twin engine tailless bomber dating from 1938. It was likely designed (or heavily influenced) by Jack Northrop, who would leave Douglas the following year to form his own independent company. The report presented in the gallery above describes the results of wind tunnel […]

May 122011
 
Douglas Model 1875 Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion Logistic Carrier (1955)

In April 1955, Douglas drafted these unorthodox transport aircraft studies under the Model 1875 designation for the Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion (ANP) project, a joint effort between the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and USAF which began in May 1951. ANP was the successor program to the Nuclear Energy for Propulsion of Aircraft (NEPA) project initiated in […]

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 212011
 
Douglas Model 1209 High Speed Composite Bomber

The Douglas Model 1209 High Speed Composite Bomber study was drawn up on approximately 9/10/50 and finalized the following month; the exact dates are not entirely certain, as the original blueprint shown above was scanned from microfilm and the smaller notes and figures are difficult to read. Documentation on this study is lacking and we […]

Jan 222011
 
Douglas Model 652 (F5D Skylancer Proposal)

Douglas’s OS-130 day fighter study was a logical evolution of the F4D-1 Skyray into an aircraft with a level-flight high speed at 35,000 ft of Mach 1.42. Douglas submitted four different configurations to BuAer under the Model 652 designation. Model 652-2 The Model 652-2 was based on using the existing F4D airframe, deleting the Aero 13-D […]

Jan 012011
 
Mother Ships, Parasites and More: Selected USAF Strategic Bomber, XC Heavy Transport and FICON Studies, 1945-1954 (American Aerospace Archive 5)

In this bumper-size final issue of The American Aerospace Archive, we revisit the theme of early postwar strategic bomber development (originally covered in Issue 3) and introduce two new subjects: the USAF XC Heavy Transport and Parasite/Missile Carrier as well as selected Fighter-Conveyor (FICON) studies from the early 1950’s. A common thread throughout this issue […]

Jan 012011
 
The B-52 Competition of 1946...and Dark Horses from Douglas, 1947-1950 (American Aerospace Archive 3)

In this issue, we examine proposals submitted to the Army Air Force heavy bombardment competition of 1946, which ultimately yielded the legendary Boeing B-52. Though Boeing won the initial competition, it struggled to keep the contract as changing Air Force requirements and rival companies put intense pressure on the program. One of its most aggressive […]