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This Incredible Plane: Goodyear Inflatoplane

It wasn’t as bad an idea as you’d think.

Goodyear Inflatoplane
The Goodyear Inflatoplane. Designed as a lightweight, portable solution for personal extraction situations, the concept lost out to helicopters, though not because it wasn’t promising.
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In the 1950s, the U.S. Army contracted Goodyear to design an inflatable small aircraft for surveillance, aerial reconnaissance and do-it-yourself rescues. The rescue scenario involved airdropping a deflated (containerized) plane to stranded pilots so they could pump it up and fly themselves out.

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