McDonnell T-85

Mark Nankivil

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Another find in the Greater St. Louis Aviation Museum collection was a small brochure from 1961 for an executive transport called the T-85. A google search found a reference to the proposal being a competitor to the DC-9 but the brochure says otherwise and in 1961 Douglas was still in a license agreement on technical assistance with Sud-Est and marketing and support for the Caravelle. Like other commercial aircraft ventures/proposal in that time frame, McDonnell failed to find a market or customer for their projects.

When I first saw this, I thought of the Gulfstream G-II. The G-II is roughly 5 feet less in length and 10 foot less wingspan and a later design.

Apologies for the so-so scan of the artwork - fancy textured paper is to blame.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Mark, in future scan grayscale not black and white when you have textured paper, it will work much better (though with bigger filesizes).
 
Interestingly, a development designated T-85A also appears elsewhere on the forum. Here are three pics of it (whole set has eight):
 

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