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