Lockheed Martin’s Stealth C-130 Successor Fast STOL Speed Agile Revealed

Lockheed Martin’s Stealth C-130 Successor STOL Speed Agile

Lockheed Martin’s Stealth C-130 Successor STOL Speed Agile

Lockheed Martin’s Stealth C-130 Successor STOL Speed Agile


Some Years Ago The US Air Force tried to replace the Lockheed Martin
C-130 with a super short take-off and landing (STOL) airlifter, with the
Boeing YC-14 and McDonnell YC-15 as the candidates. Then, things got
weird. Budgets grew, funding shrank and eventually the requirement
transformed into something much larger. Thus, the Boeing C-17A
Globemaster III was borne to replace the Lockheed C-141B Starlifter and
the Lockheed C-130 continues into its seventh decade of active
production.

What goes around always seems to come around in this business, and so it is with the YC-14 and YC-15.

Meet
the Speed Agile. If the USAF is allowed to spend big money on a
super-STOL C-130 replacement after 2020, this is Lockheed’s idea for
what it should look like. Boeing is also working on an alternative
concept. The Air Force Research Laboratory has been funding both
Lockheed and Boeing to work on wind tunnel models. Last month, the AFRL
released these front and rear images of a 23%-scale model of the
four-engine Lockheed Speed Agile concept. The wind tunnel model includes
two Williams FJ44 engines.

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