The GAL 56 Tailless Concept.

by Daniel Russ on October 4, 2014




Tailless Aircraft Advisory Committee was set up under the Directorate of Scientific Research in England in 1943. Engineers were developing tailless aircraft. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft and General Aircraft Ltd (GAL) were looking to win a contract to produce four prototype tailless designs that were aerodynamic yet unpowered.




The planes featured tricycle landing gear, steel and wooden struts, servo assisted roll control ailerons and fin and rudder at wingtip.


The original variant were towed into the air by aircraft as diverse as the Hallifax bomber and the Supermarine Spitfire. One flight ended in a steep dive that knocked out both pilots in their tandem seats. One test pilot managed to escaped the crash by bailing out and the co-pilot was killed.


Chronic stalling problems ended the program.




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