ACCESS: Top Secret
- Jun 3, 2006
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Sources:Charles Lewis Freel (b. 1916) learned about aerodynamics under the instruction of LeTain Kittredge in the aircraft rigging/woodshop class at the San Diego High School,
Before his graduation, Freel designed a 36-inch experimental free flight model of a flying wing glider. The model flew well enough to justify moving to a full size piloted glider.
In 1933, construction was begun at the San Diego High School woodshop, on a 52 foot span flying wing glider. It was completed in 1937 and licensed with identification mark 18131. Elevons were mounted on the trailing surface and were controlled via a unique worm drive. Several flights were made by Kittredge and Freel over hillsides near San Diego. The glider suffered from poor directional control in flight.
After graduation, Freel worked for Consolidated Aircraft Corporation and held the title of "junior engineer."
Link: San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives - AL-71 Charles Freel AlbumFrom an Album (AL-71) donated Charles Freel by which shows the "Freel Flying Wing" and mockups for the Convair B-36 [or Model 37 / Convair XC-99].
That tailless bomber looks very much like the Consolidated Vultee Twin-Engine Tailless Patrol-Bomber, published on page 85 & 86 in the book "Secret Projects: Flying Wings and Tailless Aircraft" by Bill Rose.
See also this topic "Consolidated Tailless Bomber".