Hiller X-18 Tilt-Wing VTOL (1959)
About the Design
Perhaps since the dawn of powered flight itself, aircraft designers have been trying to develop a vehicle with the vertical take-off-and-landing capabilities of a helicopter with the speed and endurance characteristics of a fixed-wing airplane. In the late 1950s, Hiller Aircraft, under contract with the US Navy, attempted to build a viable tilt-wing aircraft by taking the chassis of a Chase YC-122C transport and fixing two engines from the XFY-1 "Pogo" program to a wing capable of moving from zero to 90 degrees. Testing of the Hiller X-18 began in 1959 and ended after 20 testbed flights when the prototype was severely damaged.
About the Kit
First produced by Comet Models, this Hiller X-18 model was later re-released by Aurora. In both versions, the tilt-wings actually tilted and a gimbaled display stand was included.
This copy is the original Comet version of the model.