Ultra-Large Aircraft, 1940-1970: The Development of Guppy and Expanded Fuselage Transports

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McFarland, 10 apr 2018 - 312 pagine
In 1962, a unique transport aircraft was built from the parts of 27 Boeing B-377 airliners to provide NASA a means of transporting rocket boosters. With an interior the size of a gymnasium, "The Pregnant Guppy" was the first of six enormous cargo planes built by Aero Spacelines and two built by Union de Transport Aeriens. More than half a century later, the last Super Guppy is still in active service with NASA and the design concept has been applied to next-generation transports. This comprehensive history of expanded fuselage aircraft begins in the 1940s with the military's need for a long-range transport. The author examines the development of competing designs by Boeing, Convair and Douglas, and the many challenges and catastrophic failures. Behind-the-scenes maneuvers of financiers, corporate raiders, mobsters and other nefarious characters provide an inside look at aviation development from the drawing board to the scrap yard.
 

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Preface
1
Introduction
3
Early Years ConsolidatedVultee
7
Douglas Globemaster Series
39
Douglas Aircraft and Aviation Traders Limited
95
Boeing Strato Series and Aero Spacelines
125
Epilogue
273
Appendices
275
Glossary
287
Chapter Notes
290
Bibliography
294
Index
299
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William Patrick Dean served in the U.S. Air Force and spent three decades with United Airlines. He has published numerous articles and photographed more than 10,000 aircraft. He lives in Henderson, Nevada.

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