American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925 by E.R. Johnson

By E.R. Johnson

With out the help of airlift, the trendy American army desktop will be dropped at a standstill. due to the fact international struggle II--beginning with the chilly conflict 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 swiftly circulate and thereafter aid an army operation--anywhere on the planet, at any time--has develop into a foundational section of American security coverage. This paintings presents the reader with a finished ancient survey--including technical necessities, drawings, and photographs--of every one kind of fixed-wing plane utilized by U.S. army forces over a virtually 90-year interval to hold out the airlift undertaking.

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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. 38Bs between 1929 and 1932 as the PS-3. Naval versions initially carried machine guns in the bow and stern; however, all armament was subsequently removed and the aircraft re-designated transports as the RS-2 and -3, respectively.

In the design of the Alpha, John Northrop introduced the rugged, multicellular wing structure that would later appear on the Douglas DC-1 and DC-2. Three Alphas ordered from Northrop by the Army were delivered in 1931, one as the YC-19 and two as the Y1C-19, which differed only as to funding source. , where they were used as fast VIP transports for Army Generals and War Department officials. Following a fatal crash of one Y1C-19 in March 1933, the two remaining aircraft were transferred to Air Corps bases as hacks and utility transports.

Of cargo. Powerplant: One 525-hp Wright R-1750–13 Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engine driving a twobladed Hamilton Standard fixed-pitch metal propeller. Performance: Max. ; range 690 mi. Weights: 4,346 lbs. empty, 7,200 lbs. loaded. Dimensions: Span 59 ft. , length 43 ft. , wing area 551 sq. ft. XIV flown for the first time in 1929. By this time the Atlantic Aircraft Div. , operating as General Aviation Mfg. Corp. XIV featured a fabric-covered, steel tube fuselage structure and an 42 American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925 all-metal wing, parasol-mounted to the upper fuselage on cabane struts.

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