Christopher AG-1

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AG-1
Role Assault glider
National origin United States
Manufacturer Christopher Company
Status Project cancelled
Number built None

The Christopher AG-1 was a proposed Second World War American assault glider part of a United States Army assault glider project, none were built and the programme was cancelled in September 1943.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The United States Army had an idea to procure an assault glider, an armed glider that would land first and help secure the landing site for the use by transport gliders.[1] Each assault glider would have six glidermen as well as the pilot and co-pilot, the glidermen would be armed with two 0.50 and two 0.30 calibre machine guns and two rocket launchers.[1] Contracts were awarded in May 1943 to two companies, the Christopher Company and the Timm Aircraft Company, each to build two prototypes.[1][2] The Christopher prototype was designated the XAG-1 and was to have been a low-wing cantilever monoplane with a gross weight of 8500lb, the company delivered a wind tunnel model to the Army.[1] General Chidlaw in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff decided that it was damned fool idea and cancelled the project in September 1943.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Mrazek[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot, co-pilot)
  • Capacity: 6 glidermen
  • Gross weight: 8,500 lb (3,856 kg)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 240 mph (209 kn; 386 km/h) while being towed

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

Note[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Mrazek 2011, p. 416
  2. ^ a b Andrade 1979, p. 39

Bibliography[edit]

  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 978-0-904597-22-6. 
  • Mrazek, James E. (2011). Airborne Combat - The Glider War/Fighting Gliders of WWII. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-0808-1.