Manufacturer: Bell / Grumman

Model: unknown

Name: Hoverbird

Type: VTOL transport


Status: Operational

Country: United States of America

Service: U.S. Navy

Designation: V-21A


Grumman's C-2 "Greyhound" has been so successful a design that it's still in operational service over 50 years after its launch. I wondered what it would have been like for Grumman to associate with Bell during the late 1970s to create a tilt-rotor transport that might have been operational as early as the late 1980s or early 1990s.

Viewers' comments:
  • Great. Always thought the US Coast Guard should have bought C-2s instead of the Falcons. Sort of a baby C-130. Don't know if it would be a good candidate as a tilt rotor. (DonDeCerveza)
  • Awesome work! (Pixel-pencil)
  • Nice and practical...I like it! (SomeRandomMinion)
  • I just rescently came across this new VTOL design. Maybe give you something to think about with your 'Hoverbird'? Since the Osprey's version of putting the engines out on the wing tips leads to relatively high stresses etc, the 'Valor' approach seems like a good 'retro-fit' for your sky bus? ;) Much cheers to you and yours. (Peebo-Thuhlu)
  • I really like this mix you did with the C-2 COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery) and the V-22. I think this is a great blend and idea! I wish the U.S. Navy would pursue it as the COD is getting to be a bit long in the tooth as it were age wise.  Great work here as always! :D (dinobatfan)

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