Chance Vought USA

Vought XC-142 Tiltwing

Vought XC-142 Tiltwing

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Chance Vought

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The Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) XC-142 was a tri-service tiltwing experimental aircraft designed to investigate the operational suitability of vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) transports. An XC-142A first flew conventionally on 29 September 1964, and on 11 January 1965, it completed its first transitional flight by taking off vertically, changing to forward flight and finally landing vertically. Its service sponsors pulled out of the program one by one, and it eventually ended due to a lack of interest after demonstrating its capabilities successfully.

Operational History

In 1959 the United States Army, Navy and Air Force began work on the development of a prototype V/STOL aircraft that could augment helicopters in transport-type missions. Specifically they were interested in designs with longer range and higher speeds than existing helicopters, in order to support operations over longer distances, or in the case of the United States Marine Corps, from further offshore. On 27 January 1961, a series of DOD actions resulted in an agreement where all of the military services would work on the Tri-Service Assault Transport Program under the Navy’s Bureau of Naval Weapons (BuWeps) leadership.

RoleExperimental V/STOL transport
ManufacturerLing-Temco-Vought (LTV)
First flight29 September 1964
Primary userNASA
Number built5




Of the five aircraft built, only one still survives.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity:
    • 32 fully-equipped troops or
    • 24 stretcher patients and 4 attendants or
    • 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) cargo
  • Length: 58 ft 1 in (17.70 m)
  • Wingspan: 67 ft 6 in (20.57 m)
  • Height: 26 ft 1 in (7.95 m)
  • Wing area: 534.5 sq ft (49.66 m2)
  • Aspect ratio: 8.6:1
  • Empty weight: 22,595 lb (10,249 kg)
  • Gross weight: 34,474 lb (15,637 kg) (VTOL weight)
  • Max takeoff weight: 44,500 lb (20,185 kg) (STOL)
  • Fuel capacity: 1,400 US gal (1,200 imp gal; 5,300 L)
  • Powerplant: 4 × General Electric T64-GE-1 turboprops, 2,850 shp (2,130 kW) each
  • Propellers: 4-bladed Hamilton Standard variable-pitch propellers, 15.5 ft 0 in (4.72 m) diameter



  • Maximum speed: 431 mph (694 km/h, 375 kn) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
  • Cruise speed: 288 mph (463 km/h, 250 kn) at sea level
  • Combat range: 230–470 mi (370–760 km, 200–410 nmi)
  • Ferry range: 3,800 mi (6,100 km, 3,300 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
  • Rate of climb: 6,800 ft/min (35 m/s)

Aircrafttoaal encyclopedia

The company was established on 10 December 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle, and construction of a new production building started in March 1940. The company was formed to do maintenance and repairs for the Swiss Air Force, the first work of the new company was assembly of EKW C-35 reconnaissance biplanes from spare parts, and overhaul work on other types