Sep 232014
Douglas Model 1186-C 1/72 Scale Resin Kit by Sharkit

Several months ago Renaud Mangallon of Sharkit was kind enough to send me a complimentary 1/72 scale resin kit of the Douglas Model 1186-C, which is based on the drawings and information found in my book, Secret Aerospace Projects of the U.S. Navy: The Incredible Attack Aircraft of the USS United States, 1948-1949. The cover art […]

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 […]

Mar 062012
Curtiss-Wright XF-87 Turboprop Fighter-Bomber Proposal (1949)

The Curtiss-Wright XF-87 Blackhawk was a prototype all-weather jet interceptor designed as a replacement for the Northrop P-61 Black Widow night fighter. It was a large mid-wing aircraft with four Westinghouse XJ34-WE-7 turbojets paired in underwing pods, with a mid-mounted tailplane and tricycle undercarriage. Two crew members sat side-by-side under a spacious single canopy. The […]

Jan 242012
Republic AP-47 Mixed-Power Ground Support Airplane Proposal (1948)

The gallery above reproduces a letter from Republic Aviation Corporation to the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics dated September 16, 1948 enclosing revised drawings of the Republic AP-47 mixed-power ground support airplane proposal. The letter was found in USAF files (which may have been those of the Colonel J.S. Holtoner also referenced in the […]

Dec 152011
Lockheed V-156 Jet Patrol Airplane Project (1944)

The Lockheed V-156 was a study for a jet patrol airplane prepared for the US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics on November 1, 1944. Resembling an enlarged Fouga Magister (though bearing no relation to that design), the V-156 was a shoulder wing monoplane with a V-tail powered by a pair of unspecified jet engines, possibly the […]

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 […]

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 […]