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GD Convair 1,500,000 lb gross weight nuclear-powered transport from 1967 - 4-engines, 2 reactors

NUCLEAR PROPULSION FOR AIRCRAFT
by J. M. WILD
General Dynamics/Convair
San Diego, California
AlAA Paper
NO. 67-508
 

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Surprisingly, the US military hasn't given up on the Boeing YC-14 concept altogether. In a paper entitled Future Need for VTOL/STOL Aircraft published by the Defense Science Board Task Force in July 2007, the C-14 concept is analysed as part of a comparative study between various forms of "heavy-lift aircraft suitable for mounted aerial maneuver."

The design is compared to the unbuilt AMC-X which was supposed to replace the C-130 Hercules at one point, and the tilt-rotor, pictured in the form of a 30-ton design.
 

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Thanks Steph for your reply!

[quoteThe design is compared to the unbuilt AMC-X which was supposed to replace the C-130 Hercules at one point]

I don't think I have heard of this AMC-X competition/study! Do you have more on this and the designs studied? Please PM me Steph if you do :)

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Here is a proposal for a small military tilt-wing assault transport (or so it seems from the image) which I haven't been able to identify.

I would be tempted to attribute it to Boeing Vertol, as it doesn't seem to resemble similar Bell projects of the same era... but I'd need some other opinions on that.

So for now it will remain in this generic topic until we know more about it. Thanks for any help on the subject!
 

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I agree that it is most likely a Boeing effort.
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
Thank you Stephen, you're a gentleman!!
My only concern with this concept is the United States obsession with every thing needing to be stealth!
I can understand that there would be specific times were stealth on a transport aircraft would be warranted when penetrating enemy aerospace. But this perceived need for 'everything' stealth means a quantum jump in already ridiculously expensive modern transport/cargo aircraft - aka C-17 and A400M!
How much will this obsession with stealth impact on the STOL performance of such a design? How much additional expense will be added to the maintenance and mission time for a trash hauler? And probably most important, how many actual aircraft will the USAF be able to afford to replace the venerable and simple C-130 Hercules??

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Stargazer2006 said:
Here is a proposal for a small military tilt-wing assault transport (or so it seems from the image) which I haven't been able to identify.

I would be tempted to attribute it to Boeing Vertol, as it doesn't seem to resemble similar Bell projects of the same era... but I'd need some other opinions on that.

So for now it will remain in this generic topic until we know more about it. Thanks for any help on the subject!
Sir,

Can this plane be in a category for the AMC-X program, since it was a program to replace C-130, i am not quite sure this strange design could take a place and of course the payload that C-130 could carry. Would you please explain more about it?

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I don't think it is related to AMC-X. It is a much smaller aircraft, it is armed, and is probably meant to carry assault troops.
 

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Thanks a lot, but could it be another design proposal along side the other designs such as very well known V-22?
Could it be related to this topic though they designs mentioned in this article did not have a ability to carry troops.

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1309.0/all.html
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The design and artwork all point to the early- to mid-1970s.

Later than LIT (Light Intra-theater Transport) but earlier than JVX... I'd say a contemporary to the Navy's Type A.
 

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Convair Transport System 600 proposal

Sorry for the quality of the photos, looks like the seller purposely made them out of focus.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/rare-Convair-San-Diego-1959-TURBOJET-TRANSPORT-SYSTEM-600-proposal-to-USAF-/311671751734?hash=item4891158436:g:z2gAAOSwdzVXp8Vf
 

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From NASA report 19780019103,

here is a collection of advanced aircraft studied in 1978.
 

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