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Zimmerman's Flying Wing

Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation

Silent | c. 1942

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  •  This film is a history of the Zimmerman Flying Wing, developed by Chance Vought Aircraft in collaboration with the navy Department 
  •  Flying the model plane 
  •  Zimmerman, Noyes, and McKellar build an aircraft large enough to carry a person 
  •  An electric model was built for study of hovering flight 
  •  The electric model was equipped with electromagnetic remote controls which were operated by two "pilots" 
  •  The electric model was capable of landing from hovering flight with little forward motion 
  •  A full-sized plane, the V-173, was completed in 1942 
  •  The plane was first checked for ground handling and behavior in shot stops 
  •  The first flight was made at Stratford, Connecticut, on November 23, 1942, with Mr. Boone T. Guyton as the pilot 
  •  After the first flight, there were many improvements and test flights made before the final aircraft could be completed 
  •  Footage of the plane in flight 
  •  Confidential; please do not discuss what you have seen 
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