Nov 302011
 
Verticraft Tri-Service VTOL Prototype Transport Aircraft

The Verticraft Verticar was a little known VTOL aircraft design belatedly submitted to the Navy in connection with the Tri-Service Assault Transport competition of 1961. This competition was born of a common requirement by the United States Army, Navy and Air Force for a V/STOL aircraft that could augment helicopters in transport-type missions, specifically a […]

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 […]

Apr 232011
 
North American Aviation ESO 4705 CIC / AEW Studies

Sometime in the late 1940’s / early 1950’s, North American Aviation produced these studies for an Airborne Combat Information Center (CIC) / Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. Documentation is lacking and we presently only have these general arrangement drawings to go by. These were scanned from microfilm and much of […]