By E.R. Johnson
With no the help of airlift, the fashionable American army computing device will be dropped at a standstill. on the grounds that international conflict II--beginning with the chilly struggle and carrying on with as much as the current day--the U.S. military have come more and more to depend on airlift for mobility. the ability to speedily circulate and thereafter aid an army operation--anywhere on the earth, at any time--has develop into a foundational part of American safeguard coverage. This paintings presents the reader with a complete old survey--including technical requisites, drawings, and photographs--of each one form of fixed-wing airplane utilized by U.S. army forces over an almost 90-year interval to hold out the airlift project.
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Coasts, Albrook Field in the Canal Zone, Wheeler Field in Hawaii, and Nichols Field in the Philippines. The Air Corps grounded and removed all C-6s from service in 1933 after the crash of one aircraft was attributed to structural fatigue. Naval Variants: The Navy acquired two S-38As in 1929 as the PS-2, followed by four S- Sikorsky C-6 Series I —1925 to 1962 33 One of three S-41s delivered to the Navy in 1933 as the RS-1. The S-41 was 10 percent larger than the S-38 and lifted half again the useful load.
Length 27 ft. , wing area 259 sq. ft. Designed by John Northrop and Gerard Vultee, the Lockeed Vega 1 made its ﬁrst ﬂight in July 1927 and was followed by a succession of improved Vega models until production ceased in 1931. The Vegas, featuring a molded plywood fuselage and a fully cantilevered, shoulder- 40 American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925 mounted wooden wing, were among the most aerodynamically clean aircraft of their day. Though too small to be a practical airliner, the Vegas did establish many speed and distance records, most notably a Vega 5B named Winnie Mae that Wiley Post ﬂew around-the-world in 1931.
Wing area 480 sq. ft. The Bellanca “Airbus” series of commercial aircraft originated with the Curtiss Conquerorpowered P-100 in 1930 and entered production as the Wright Cyclone-powered P-200 in 1931. The design of the Airbus was characterized by a long nose to which the engine was mounted, a boxy fuselage cross-section, and inverted gull sub-wings which not only added to lift but func- Series I —1925 to 1962 55 tioned as landing gear and wing struts. Four P-200s ﬁtted with 550-hp Pratt & Whitney Hornet engines were purchased by the Army in 1933 and placed in operation as the Y1C-27.
American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925 by E.R. Johnson