CAL-Aero XLC-1

Cal-Aero technical Institute

En 1948, le major CC.Moseley, directeur du Cal-aero institute of California, a décidé de lancer un projet de mini avion à  réaction. Ce projet sera baptisé CAL-Aero XLC-1. Professeurs et étudiants étaient tous mobilisés sur cette tâche. Doté une aile médiane haute et d’un empennage papillon, cet avion devait le premier avion de sport à réaction.

Caractéristiques du CAL-Aero XLC-1

Dimensions

Length 5,2m
Envergure 6,2m

Weight

Poids à  vide         580kg
Carburant 285l

Performances calculées

Vitesse maximum  400km/h
Rayon d’action520km
Vitesse asc. max6m/s
Maquette en bois à l’échelle 1. Photo Interavia Février 1949
Première maquette, qui devait préfigurer celle utilisée pour les essais en soufflerie. Photo Interavia Février 1949

Notes et Références

Corliss C. Moseley

World War I aviation veteran Corliss C. Moseley owned and operated several Cal-Aero flight schools during World War II, which together were responsible for training 25,000 pilots and 5,000 aircraft mechanics for the war effort. After the war, he became involved with various aspects of commercial aviation, including the co-founding of Western Airlines. He also served as a director of the Curtiss-Wright and Douglas aircraft companies.

The Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute was an early professional trade school operated by the Curtiss-Wright corporation for aircraft maintenance training. The institute was first set up in the terminal building of the Glendale, California Grand Central Air Terminal, expanding to neighboring hangars and buildings around the airport. During World War II, over 7500 mechanics were trained at the facility.

In 1950 the institute became part of the Grand Central Aircraft Company and Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute was renamed to the Cal-Aero Technical Institute.  The U.S. Air Force used the institute to train mechanics on contract until 1952. Enrollment dropped sharply after the cancellation of the contract and the facility closed in 1954

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