American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925
Without the support of airlift, the modern American military machine would be brought to a standstill. Since World War II--beginning with the Cold War and continuing up to the present day--the U.S. armed forces have come increasingly to rely upon airlift for mobility. The power to rapidly move and thereafter support a military operation--anywhere in the world, at any time--has become a foundational element of American defense policy. This work provides the reader with a comprehensive historical survey--including technical specifications, drawings, and photographs--of each type of fixed-wing aircraft used by U.S. military forces over a nearly 90-year period to carry out the airlift mission.
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AAF service Air Corps Air Force Air Transport air-cooled radial engines Aircraft Corp airframe Airlift Wing airline Andrews AFB assigned became Boeing Capacity cargo transport ceiling Cessna Coast Guard Command conﬁguration constant-speed propellers contract Crew cruise delivered deliveries designation Dimensions Douglas early empty engines driving three-bladed entered service equipped Fairchild ﬁrst ﬁtted ﬁve ﬂaps ﬂeet ﬂew ﬂown ﬂying fuselage Grumman Hamilton Standard Hamilton Standard constant-speed landing gear late length loaded Lockheed logistical support Manufacturer Marine medical litters Model modiﬁed Navy Paciﬁc passengers payload Performance Powerplants Pratt 86 Whitney production prototype radial engines driving range re-designated South Vietnam Span Special Operations speed Squadron staff transports STOL strategic airlift tactical airlift tactical transport takeoff Technical Speciﬁcations testing three-bladed Hamilton Standard Total military versions trainers Troop Carrier turbofan turboprop Type U.S. Air Force U.S. Army USAAC USAF utility transport Vietnam Weights wing area World War II