The Stroukoff YC-134
, designed in 1956, was based heavily on the C-123 Provider
. The United States military contracted with Stroukoff Aircraft Corporation
to develop an improved version of the aircraft, combining features that the company had developed for the YC-123D and YC-123E.
Stroukoff's work with the C-123
In 1956, Stroukoff had already gained much experience working on the C-123 Provider, having completed two contracts based on that airframe.
had introduced a Boundary Layer Control
(BLC) system to the C-123B. This system forced pressurized air over the upper wing surfaces of the airplane, making the wing work as if it were flying at much greater airspeed. This greatly improved landing and take-off performance, gross weight capability, and lowered the C-123's stall speed
had been another experiment in improving the C-123's ability to operate wherever it might need to, introducing Stroukoff's own Pantobase
system: two high-stress skis fitted to the lower fuselage, wingtip mounted floats, along with sealing the fuselage
itself. This gave the YC-123E the ability to operate on water, as well as ice and snow, and with the BLC from the previous YC-123D, the new aircraft could effectively be operated from almost any runway
surface available, and airstrips of shorter length.
The product of a US Air Force contract in 1956, a single C-123B
from the -CN production block (serial 52-1627) was modified by Stroukoff Aircraft to... Read More