Goodyear Inflatoplane — Airplanes by Design

13 February 1956 was the first flight of the Goodyear Inflatoplane.




Goodyear Inflatoplane Smithsonian photo

The US Army created this video documentary of the aircraft.

NACA performed wind tunnel testing on the Inflatoplane, as seen in this video.

They issued a report based on the wind tunnel test here.

For more information, visit the Smithsonian Air and Space website or wikipedia.


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