Los Angeles-based General
Airborne Transport Inc. built prototype XCG-16A transport
glider, with 40 troops or four tons cargo in lifting fuselage,
Using the concept and patent of Burnelli regarding the use of the fuselage as a lifting body, Hawley Bowlus and Albert Criz designed a half scale assault glider the Bowlus Criz MC-1. A contract to build three such cart was given to Bowlus and Criz new company Airborne and General with the intention of then building the definitive XCG-16
Despite a crash of the demonstrator MC-1 due to shifting payload it was still decided to proceed with an order of 2,000 CG-16's but due to it not meeting military expectations as a combat glider the order was cancelled in November 1944
Span 91'10" Length 48'4" Height 18'4" Capacity 42 troops or 10,050 lb cargo Max Speed 230 mph
|Terrence I. Murphy, 17.02.2012|
Put a couple of engines on the thing and it might have been something...or a front-heavy dud.
Looks like one of those Burnelli motor gliders
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?