I really should change my personal text
- Mar 1, 2013
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I recently got a copy of Scott Lowther's book Boeing B-47 Stratojet & B-52 Stratofortress and while reading Chapter 10, I was dumbstruck to find out that two tilt-wing VTOL transport projects were conceived as part of Model 820 Long-Range Military Air-Logistics System (LRMALS) studies for advanced strategic transports, the Model 820-104 and Model 820-111. In contrast to the LTV C-142 and Canadair CL-84 Dynavert, however, the Model 820-104 and Model 820-111 had far larger wingspans approaching 200 feet, leading me to conjecture that either proposal would have had greater range than the CL-84 or V-22. If the US Air Force had chosen to order either the Model 820-104 or 820-111 into full-scale development and eventually full-scale production, would these designs have enhanced the mobility of the airlift wing of the Tactical Air Command by carrying troops from airfields with minimal take-off space to war zones in advance of US tanks and armored troop carriers?