The US Army Air Force was experimenting with the Fuel-tank Glider idea.
The Cornelius XFG-1 Fuel-Tank Glider was and interesting concept aerodynamically and functionally. Aerodynamically it was a non-powered glider with forward swept wings and no horizontal tail plane. The incidence of the wings could be changed on the ground between 3 degrees and 7 degrees.
The purpose of the experimental aircraft included in-flight refueling of the mother aircraft (transport or bomber) to top off the tanks before entering enemy airspace (thus extending the range of missions). The glider would be cut loose and land for re-use. Another idea was to fly the gliders unmanned and serve as an expendable drop tank. Yet another concept was to use the gliders to deliver fuel to troops on the ground behind enemy lines. The glider pilot would join up with the infantry. As the war progressed to its end, interest in the project faded until it was finally shelved.
But… when Santa Claus heard about it he started his own research project, adapting the XFG-1 into a Toy Transport Vehicle (TTV). Though a promising concept, it turned out that toy capacity was rather limited so Santa Claus decided to stop further development and dismantle his experimental XFG-1TTV after only a few test flights had been made.
This is a downloadable kit for a paper model aircraft. This model is designed to be printed on 110# index [298 gsm cardstock]
Also includes Full Color cover page and exploded view instructions
3 pages of parts with a degree of difficulty of 2/5 – note that this is a simplified version of the “real” Cornelius XFG-1, without wheeled undercarriage.
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