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Anigrand #AA2100 1/72 Boeing YC-14



 
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Kit #AA2100. 1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed resin kit of the Boeing YC-14 Transport prototype, complete with decals.

An anonymous pilot – perhaps after completing a test flight in a Supermarine Spitfire – said “If it looks right, it flies right.” That may be the answer to why the ungainly-looking Boeing YC-14, company Model 953, did not win a production contract.

In 1972, as the Vietnam War wound down, the Air Force thought it wanted a new medium airlifter that was capable of operating in high-intensity battle zones, using short, temporary airfields. It invited airframe manufacturers to bid on an advanced medium-range STOL transport intended to replace the C-130 Hercules – which, more than 40 years after this call-for-proposals, is both still in use, and still in production.

Two proposals were accepted – the radical-looking and technologically-innovative Boeing YC-14 and the more conventional-looking McDonnell Douglas YC-15. The Boeing design for STOL performance was based on the use of a supercritical wing, developed by NASA, as well as “powered lift,” where high-speed airflow from the engines clings to the upper surface of the wing/flap system, blowing downward and providing powered lift. These innovations were intended to give the YC-14 remarkable STOL performance, allowing it to operate at airfields half as long as those needed by the C-130 model then in production.

However, by the time the two YC-14 prototypes completed testing, military priorities had changed once again. There was a new focus on larger loads and longer ranges, rather than on theater-capable STOL aircraft. Both companies’ prototypes were shelved, but not scrapped, while the Air Force decided what it really wanted.

In 1979, the Air Force formally cancelled the program. This was the end of the road for the YC-14, but the beginning of a new chapter for the YC-15, which evolved into the C-17.


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