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Trailers for Planes Carry Extra Fuel (Tailless Flying Tank) of 1938

hesham

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Hi,

here is a new idea by its time,for airplanes to carry extra fuel in a tailless or flying
wing tank;

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/trailers-for-planes-carry-extra-fuel/

TO INCREASE the cruising range of airplanes on long-distance flights, John Akerman, Chicago, Ill., inventor, proposes the novel flying gas tanks pictured in the drawing. The curious fuel wings, divided into a number of cells and provided with an automatic, float-operated mechanism that keeps them level, are towed behind an airplane by means of strong, hollow tubes that also serve as connecting fuel lines. During the take-off, the gas wings ride on wheeled undercarriages until they reach flying speed. When one of the tanks becomes empty during a long flight, it is detached from the fuel train by a special release mechanism, and glides to the ground where it can be retrieved, returned to the airport, and used over again.
 

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Nice. Akerman is no stranger to this forum, as he is mentioned for his designs in Latvia for VEF:
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,6942.0
 

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Skyblazer said:
Nice. Akerman is no stranger to this forum, as he is mentioned for his designs in Latvia for VEF:
http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,6942.0

Thank you my dear Skyblazer.
 

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