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This Incredible Plane: Anderson-Greenwood AG-14

An experimental approach to creating a great personal flyer, this pusher never got any traction.

Anderson-Greenwood AG-14
Anderson-Greenwood AG-14
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After World War II, three Texas engineers returned home to Houston from Boeing to resume work on an “everyman” aircraft they designed before the war. Ben Anderson, his brother-in-law Marvin Greenwood and their mutual friend engineer Lomis Slaughter opened shop at the now-defunct Sam Houston Airport with the intent of capitalizing on an anticipated post-war general aviation boom with their safe, comfortable, easy-to-fly airplane, dubbed the Anderson-Greenwood AG-14. It was by mutual agreement that Lomis’ last name would detract from company marketing, so it was excluded.

The AG-14 was a twin-boom, pusher-propeller, tricycle-gear aircraft. The egg-shaped fuselage sat low to the ground, allowing easy access to the cockpit and aft engine compartment. Without an engine mounted in front of the pilot, cockpit visibility was impressively unobstructed. The fat-chord wing yielded stable (but less than nimble) inflight handling and gentle stall characteristics. Spinning the aircraft was nearly impossible: CAA certification required 50 spins, but the plane could only do them one turn at a time since it flew itself out after completing that one turn! Aft engine cooling proved inadequate, so NACA scoops were integrated into the aft fuselage, which resolved the issue.

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