Old History with new twists: lessons from world war two for drone cargo concepts

I taught History for my cadets In civil air patrol for all four years of High school, and I did do some teaching on the subject of how the Army used transport gliders. Back in the Day the Army made several gliders that could be towed by DC-10's,  piloted by an Army Airborne officer or sergeant, land on rough terrain at the same time as others, take punishment, and be picked back up by the Same dc-10 flying over head.

That's the gist of what's in the video and here is my new concept and project. drones, mostly used for military purposes now, will have a big need in the private sector and the lives of ordinary people trying to make money with the job. We could easily make a drone that could carry a drone glider transport and do the same thing as back in the day except not carry people or weapons of course. it could carry medical supplies for Search and rescue, or it could carry parts needed for a truck, or even mail. im working on a foam board cargo plane (rc for now, next year it will be a drone) and I can make a duplicate that will have no engine but the same software. iv already got ideas for how to get it dropped and how to flyover and pick it up at the same time. They did not have servos back in the day, so picking it back up and letting it go will be a cinch. it will just take some thinking and ingenuity. What do you guys think? Any ideas? fair flying friends!

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Comment by Marc Ramsey on January 30, 2013 at 5:51pm

As a glider pilot, I endorse this concept ;^)

As a practical matter, though, the reason the Army basically abandoned use of assault gliders during the late 40s was specialized transport aircraft capable of safely air dropping heavy equipment (see Boxcar, Flying) and, of course, transport helicopters.  Helicopter and VTOL drones would probably make a bit more sense than gliders for the envisioned applications...

Comment by Emery c. Chandler on January 30, 2013 at 7:15pm

yes and i agree. my main thought is my long range uas uses alot of fuel, and the electric ones powering a engine are ok but they use a lot too. id like to come up with something that could drop a glider off and another could come back and pick it up.

Comment by james sowell on January 30, 2013 at 7:30pm


Comment by Emery c. Chandler on January 30, 2013 at 8:06pm

they hold up good in most conditions except rain and stronger winds over 30 mph. also for larger payloads they need a larger envelope either length or width must be expanded, here I can make a 5 by 7 and carry a lot. Blimps could most defiantly work though, granted a little more complicated with controlled propulsion it could easily work better at the same time. this is all concepts, I like the idea of the glider because even with strong winds you can set up a glide/slope ration and be much better off.

Comment by james sowell on January 30, 2013 at 8:22pm
Comment by Emery c. Chandler on January 30, 2013 at 8:36pm

ah yes the antique the army is to bring back from the 90', its great but im talking smaller, something toward the mav end, but still large enough to carry some serious stuff .

Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 30, 2013 at 10:52pm

They made those gliders strong in 1940 to hang in behind a DC-10. Still they would have arrived much quicker than contemporary aircraft. Cargo is a tricky call, sending another airframe to pick up another is rather wasteful. Perhaps you could make a Hercules, and prepare runways. If you are lifting only 20kg say they won't need to be too big. Why drop a glider when a parachute might do and then have the platform return?

Comment by Emery c. Chandler on January 31, 2013 at 6:46am

runways can be tricky, and the fuel worries. it would be worth an effort to try and see how well it would work.

Comment by F1P on January 31, 2013 at 8:47am

Airboyd very interesting historical YT channel. There's a big lot of unique video footage.

But it is better to look for information on modern military logistics technologies in other sources as well.


Comment by Tim McPherson on February 1, 2013 at 12:53pm

Do you mean DC-3?


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