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Vought/Hiller/Ryan XC-142A Tiltwing VSTOL Transport (Air Force Legends)

Vought/Hiller/Ryan XC-142A Tiltwing VSTOL Transport (Air Force Legends)
Autor: William Norton
Data publikacji: 2002-04
ISBN: 9780942612882
Wydawca: Ginter Books
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 0.8 x 21.9 x 28.1 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 144
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Air Force Legends Number 213 is a book about the test and development of vertical take off and landing of an aircraft. It has many other aircraft that lead to the development of the XC-142A and lead to the making of the Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey 35 years later.

William Norton is a flight test engineer at the US Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB California with a graduate degree in aeronautical engineering.

Vought/Hiller/Ryan XC-142A Tiltwing

As the author of the first in-depth history of the Vought-Hiller-Ryan XC-142A vertical-takeoff-and-landing transport aircraft ("Tri-Service Tiltwing," published in "Airpower" magazine, July 1984), I was especially pleased to see a book-length treatment of this little-known aviation subject. William Norton's "XC-142A Tiltwing VSTOL Transport" is a welcome addition to the annals of interesting, significant but ultimately dead-end aircraft projects from the 1960s.

The XC-142A program emerged from the U.S. Department of Defense in 1961 as a small VTOL transport for the Army, Navy and Air Force to test and evaluate for possible production in a "Tri-Service" role. A team composed of the Vought, Hiller and Ryan aircraft companies won the contract to build five experimental prototypes. The flight test program ran from 1964 through 1970, and was largely quite successful, although it did run substantially behind schedule and over budget. For a variety of reasons, some of them associated with the complexity and lack of reliability of the tilting wing, the XC-142A never went into production. Three of the prototypes crashed (one with three crewmember fatalities) and one was destroyed when the pilot hit a hangar while taxiing. The sole remaining example of this fascinating aircraft from the "Golden Age of VTOL" resides today at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio



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