Goodyear XAO-3 'Inflatoplane'
|  Base model:||AO|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1956-1962|
|  Basic role:||Airplane, Observation|
Examples of this type may be found at
XAO-3 on display
Naval Air Warfare Center
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| this looks cool i had a idear like this only use a parachute and fan like on the swamp boats with a inflatable plane trying to make more portable |
07/21/2011 @ 00:49 [ref: 42461]
This group is dedicated to the
An experimental Inflatable aircraft made by the Goodyear Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Produced between 1955-1962 12 were built and the first flight was on 13 February 1956. The US Army and Navy both bought Goodyear Model 468 Inflatoplanes during the late 1950's. It was also briefly evaluated by the Marines.
A compressor was fitted at the back of the engine to maintain air pressure within the airframe, after being punctured by several 30 caliber rounds the Inflatoplane flew on...
This group is now the premiere source of Inflatoplane pictures and technical information on the web. Although there will be historical information to be found here on the project the main focus here is to gather and analyze the technical documentation.
Important documents still missing from this collection:
********************************PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN*******************
1.......GER 10118 Utility Handbook Flight Operation, Maintenance and
Inspection, Inflatoplane Model GA 468, 6 March 1961.
2.......GER 9066, Demonstration Progress and Instrumention Report on the
GA 468 Inflatoplane, 1 November 1958.
3.......The most important documentation is not even referenced anyplace on the web....BLUEPRINTS!
04/02/2009 @ 11:55 [ref: 24061]
| Rachel Norris|
I've read about your grandfather and reviewed his patent. I am currently writing a technical paper on inflatable aircraft structures, which is how I came about his name. From what I understand, he demonstrated his concept for the US Army and there is a newsreel from 1931 that mentions his success demonstration of the "Rubber Glider". Is this true? I would like to learn more of his work in this area, if you have the information to share.
08/08/2008 @ 09:45 [ref: 22395]
| Donna Hubscher|
| I grew up listening to exciting stories about my grandfather, Taylor McDaniel: most memorable were how he had been an explorer in the Amazon and his flying machine invention that he had patented in 1933. He truly was a visionary. Check out the June 8, 2008 blog. It was in Brazil that he met my grandmother and my mother was born. Unfortunately, I never got to know him personally, as he died when I was 2 months old. I plan to build and fly an inflatoplane one day based cloely upon his patent.
06/13/2008 @ 22:57 [ref: 21419]
| Jim Monfort|
| The only Inflatoplane that is kept inflated is in the Naval Air Test Museum located at Patuxent river. The photo of the plane is at theirolder site, there is a new, temporary, museum just outside the base. |
04/17/2007 @ 11:41 [ref: 16207]
| Randy Duncan|
| Sorry about the previous post...
Here's some more info:
[NC39635] (unknown magazine clip)
GA-33, -447 Inflatoplane 1956 = 1pOmwM; 40hp Nelson H-63A; ff: 2/13/56 (p: Dick Ulm). Inflatable, rubber air-mass construction, somewhat like a giant inner-tube. Structural integrity was retained in flight with forced air being continually circulated by the motor, and required less air pressure than the average auto tire. Designed and built in only 12 weeks. Take-off run on grass was 390'. Concept based on Taylor McDaniel inflatable rubber glider experiments in 1931. POP: 1 [N39635], led to subsequent improved, enclosed-cockpit GA-447 with new wing design (span: 34'0") for military evaluation; tested with various gear arrangements, from tricycle to uniwheel, also on a hydroskid for operations on water.
AO-2 Inflatoplane (Model 466) 1957 = 2p; 65hp McCulloch 4318-E; load: 450#. POP: 1 as XOA-3-GI [57-6537].
Goodyear AO-3 (Goodyear Corp)
AO-3 Inflatoplane (Model 468) 1957 = 1p; 44hp Nelson H-63A; span: 28'0" length: 19'8" v: 70/55/43; ff: 5/28/57 (p: Dick Ulm). POP: 5 for USAF as XOA-3-GI [57-6532/6536] and reportedly 5 for USN Office of Naval Research, but a search of USN regs failed to produce any information.
GA-400R Gizmo 1957 = 1pOH; water-cooled two-cycle engine; rotor: 20'0" load: 220# v: 60/46/0 range: 50. Designed to serve as a courier, liaison or tactical vehicle.
02/16/2007 @ 12:14 [ref: 15546]
| Randy Duncan|
Golden, Colorado, CO
What a neat airplane. I wonder where the picture was taken at the bottom of this web page, it appears to be a museum. Does anyone know? I'd like to take a field trip and see this remarkable machine.
02/16/2007 @ 11:58 [ref: 15544]
| EARL RATHBUN|
I HAVE BEEN INTRESTED IN THIS PLANE SINCE I FIRST SAW IT ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL. I BELIEVE PEOPLE WOULD BE INTRESTED IN PURCHASING IT IN TODAYS MARKET EVEN IF A FEW ALTERATIONS NEEDED TO BE MADE. IT CERTAINLY WOULD MAKE A GREAT ULTRALIGHT.
02/04/2007 @ 11:54 [ref: 15413]
| david wilson|
| I\'m just reading a book called Air Commando Chronicles by Colonel Robert L Gleason.
He flew this machine in the early \'60\'s. It had wing and tail warping for controls, no instruments, just a safty belt. The only controls were a stick and throttle. It cruised at about 40mph at 500 feet.
12/27/2004 @ 06:35 [ref: 8976]
| joe rodlitz|
boynton beach, FL
| i was there during the test flight of the xao-3. bet my buddy $2.00 that it would never get off the ground. i lost!
a short time later the wings of the aircraft collapsed in flight. pilot got out safely and was fished out of the patuxent river. never did get my $2.00 back
11/22/2004 @ 12:34 [ref: 8681]
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