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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.

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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