McDonnell Douglas Nation Builder

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I was at a used book store this week and came across a book titled The McDonnell Douglas Story by Douglas J. Ingells published by Aero Publishers (1979). In it, they had photographs of a model for a freighter aircraft that they named Nation Builder. Does any one have additional information concerning the McDonnell Douglas Nation Builder or additional images?
 

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The nose-loading McDonnell Douglas Nation Builder freighter aircraft was developed out of the Cargo Logistics Air-lift System Study (CLASS) contract by NASA in the mid-1970s. Both Douglas Aircraft Co. (NASA Contract NASI-14948) and Lockheed-Georgia Co (NASA Contract NASA-14967) developed aircraft concepts for the CLASS study.

The McDonnell Douglas Nation Builder was designed to transport over-sized or bulk cargo. Gross take-off weight would be 453,500 kg. and would accommodate a gross payload of 154,00 kg. Range of the air freighter with full load would be over 6,800 km.
ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Bulletin v. 33 - 1978

http://www.princeton.edu/~ota/disk3/1982/8231/8231.PDF

Lockheed-Georgia Co called its submission the ACMA (Advanced Civil/Military Aircraft), which was originally known as C-XX as first described in 1974, and is the subject of a Military Airlift Command Statement of Operational Need (SON) published in 1979.

The CLASS-designed aircraft was expected to be operational in 1990.
 
I believe that the Lockheed-Georgia Model LGA-144 was a design designated by Lockheed-Georgia as the ACMA (Advanced Civil/Military Aircraft) and designed for US Air Force C-XX and NASA CLASS requirements.

According to Flight International the Lockheed Georgia LGA-144 is a 1,040,000 lb aircraft capable of carrying a 390,000 lb. payload 4,000 nm.
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1981/1981%20-%202387.html

Color artwork found by Dronte.
 

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The complete Douglas report is available via CASI (not online, yet).
 
McDonnell Douglas Nation Builder--Take off gross weight 976,260 pounds. Payload 340,000 pounds--170 tons. Wingspan of 269.5 feet, fuselage length of 218.2 feet, the length of four boxcars.

Design engineer JP "Jack" Hammil with model of McDonnell Douglas concept of Nation Builder cargo transport.

Source:The McDonnell Douglas Story by Douglas J. Ingells, Aero Publishers, Inc., 1979.
 

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Wow, amazing.. thank you all postmen :)
 
Hi Ardavan;


I think the CLP has a wider body than CMS,but generally they are a very
large aircraft.
 
I see...The CLP looks like a 747 and an later C-5 galaxy to me ;D ;D
 
Triton said:
I believe that the Lockheed-Georgia Model LGA-144 was a design designated by Lockheed-Georgia as the ACMA (Advanced Civil/Military Aircraft) and designed for US Air Force C-XX and NASA CLASS requirements.
According to Flight International the Lockheed Georgia LGA-144 is a 1,040,000 lb aircraft capable of carrying a 390,000 lb. payload 4,000 nm.
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1981/1981%20-%202387.html
Color artwork found by Dronte.


A Lockheed-Georgia Model LGA-144 in home colours.


Supersize Galaxy
The Advanced Civil/Military Aircraft, or ACMA, was conceived in the early 1980s as an “advanced transport with the potential for fulfilling both the US need for military airlift and the worldwide need for commercial air freighters in the 1990s and beyond.” This Lockheed concept, designated LGA-144, would have had a forty-five foot wider wingspan (288 feet) and would have been forty-two feet longer (286 feet) than a C-5. The LGA-144 featured a supercritical wing, active controls, a stability augmentation system, and extensive use of the then-new carbon composite materials. It had a design payload capacity of 390,000 pounds (170,000 pounds more than a C-5) and a range of 4,000 miles. Max gross takeoff weight was estimated to be a whopping 1,038,600 pounds!


Posted: 17 July 2014
Source: http://www.codeonemagazine.com/gallery_slideshow.html?item_id=3481
 

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Also from L + K 10/1979
 

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