LTV XC-142

LTV XC-142

LTV XC-142, Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) XC-142 is a tiltwing experimental aircraft designed to investigate the operational suitability of vertical/short takeoff and landing transports.


Role : Experimental VTOL transport
Manufacturer : Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV)
First flight : 29 September 1964
Primary user : NASA
Number built : 5

The basic design was fairly typical for a cargo aircraft, consisting of a large boxy fuselage with a tilted rear area featuring a loading ramp. It had a wingspan of 67 ft (20 m) and was 58 ft (18 m) long overall. The fuselage housed a 30 ft (9.1 m) long, 7.5 ft (2.3 m) wide 7 ft (2.1 m) high cargo area with a somewhat boxy cockpit on the front for the crew of two pilots and a loadmaster.

LTV XC-142 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 32 fully equipped troops or 24 litter patients and four attendants
  • Payload: 8,000 lb (3,336 kg)
  • Length: 58 ft 1 in (17.71 m)
  • Wingspan: 67 ft 6 in (20.60 m)
  • Height: 26 ft 1 in (7.95 m)
  • Wing area: 534.5 sq ft (49.67 m²)
  • Empty weight: 22,595 lb (10,270 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 44,500 lb (20,227 kg) (STOL)
  • Powerplant: 4× General Electric T64-GE-1 turboprop, 2,850 hp (2,126 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 431 mph (375 knots, 694 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
  • Cruise speed: 288 mph (250 knots, 463 km/h) at sea level
  • Combat radius: 470 mi (409 nmi, 757 km)
  • Ferry range: 3,800 mi (3,300 nmi, 6,100 km)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,620 m)
  • Rate of climb: 6,800 ft/min (34.5 m/s)
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