The Model 48 Charger

by Daniel Russ on February 22, 2018

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 6 paratroops in utility/cargo bay[8]
  • Length: 34 ft 10 in (10.62 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 1.25 in (9.1758 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m)
  • Wing area: 216 sq ft (20.1 m2)
  • Empty weight: 4,457 lb (2,022 kg)
  • Gross weight: 10,460 lb (4,745 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 258 US Gallon (977 L) internal[8]
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada T74-CP-8/10 turboprop, 650 hp (480 kW) each
  • Propellers: 3-bladed Hamilton Standard, 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) diameter

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 319 mph (513 km/h; 277 kn) at sea level
  • Ferry range: 3,000 mi (2,607 nmi; 4,828 km)
  • Service ceiling: 21,300 ft (6,500 m)
  • Take-off to 50 ft (15 m): Less than 500 ft (152 m)[8]
  • Landing from 50 ft (15 m): Less than 500 ft (152 m)[8]

Armament

  • Guns: 4 × 7.62mm machine guns
  • Hardpoints: 5 with a capacity of 2,000 lb (910 kg) total

 

 

This idea was birthed by two USMC officers who imagined a light close air support aircraft. in 1959. It was supposed to be rough enough to operate from uncurated roads and runways. It was the Light Light Marine Attack Aircraft (L2VMA). General Dynamics also created aconcept called the LARA or Light Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft. It was one iof the first Cold War counter insurgency aircraft.

The Model 48 Charger was a twin-boom plane, made of aluminum and fiberglass. It was a pusher propeller configuration.

 

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