American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925 by E.R. Johnson

By E.R. Johnson

With out the aid of airlift, the fashionable American army computer will be delivered to a standstill. considering international conflict II--beginning with the chilly warfare and carrying on with as much as the current day--the U.S. defense force have come more and more to rely on airlift for mobility. the facility to speedily flow and thereafter help an army operation--anywhere on the earth, at any time--has turn into a foundational section of American safeguard coverage. This paintings offers the reader with a complete historic survey--including technical standards, drawings, and photographs--of each one form of fixed-wing plane utilized by U.S. army forces over an almost 90-year interval to hold out the airlift venture.

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Series I —1925 to 1962 53 American (Fairchild) C-24 —1932 Technical Specifications (Y1C-24) Type: Aeromedical and cargo transport. Manufacturer: American Airplane & Engine Co. (formerly Fairchild), Farmingdale, New York. Total military versions: 4 (USAAC). Capacity: One pilot plus nine passengers or 2,150 lbs. of cargo. Powerplant: One 575-hp Wright R-1820-1 Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled radial engine driving a two-bladed Hamilton Standard fixed-pitch metal propeller. Fairchild Y1C-24 54 American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925 One of the four Fairchild 100 Pilgrims that entered Air Corps service as the Y1C-24 in 1932.

Model 51As, built by Fairchild of Canada, had appeared in the early 1930s as improved FC-2s powered by 350-hp Pratt & Whitney R-985 engines. Why AAF Material Command chose a designation conflicting with Fairchild Model 24s is not clear. The same year, the AAF also impressed three American-built Fairchild Model FC-2Ws (420-hp Pratt & Whitney R1340 engines) as the UC-96. Built around 1928, these may have been the oldest aircraft on the AAF inventory during World War II. Naval Variants: The JQ and J2Q/R2Q were the same aircraft with different engines.

Like the C-8, the Y1C-24 exhibited excellent shortfield characteristics, and with this capability, all four were soon adapted as air ambulances with four medical litters and assigned to support various Air Corps training fields. They remained in service until replaced by newer aircraft during the late 1930s. Bellanca C-27 —1933 Technical Specifications (C-27A) Type: Passenger and cargo transport. , New Castle, Delaware. Total military versions: 14 (USAAC). Capacity: Crew of two plus 13 passengers or 4,000 lbs.

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