The Canadair CL-84 Dynavert was born out of a desire to
create a tilt-wing tactical transport aircraft and gunship.
The CL-84's wings, complete with engine and propellor
assembly, could be tilted backwards past 90 degrees allowing
the aircraft to travel in reverse at up to 35 mph. At
the rear of the CL-84 were small rotors to help control
the pitch during low speed maneuvers. The interior had
room for 12 persons or a payload with a maximum weight
of 1,912 kgs (4,215 lbs).
Test flights of the Canadair CL-84 Dynavert began in 1965
and continued through until 1967 when the aircraft crashed,
thankfully the crew survived. In 1970 two redesigned prototypes
designated CL-84-1 began testing. By 1973 landing trials
were being conducted on the USS Guam and Guadalcanal.
Unfortunately one of these prototypes crashed in July
of that year, again the crew survived.
Gradually interest in the concept wound down and the project
was eventually canceled. However the Canadair CL-84 Dynavert
did help pave the way for vehicles like the V22 Osprey.
Similar and related vehicles:
Convair XFY-1 POGO
Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne