Today in History – August 25, 1965 – Curtiss-Wright X-19A VTOL prototype is destroyed in crash

25 August 1965 – The first Curtiss-Wright X-19A prototype, 62-12197, was destroyed in a crash at the FAA’s National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center, Caldwell, New Jersey, (formerly NAS Atlantic City), when the gearbox failed, followed by loss of propellers. The Curtiss-Wright X-19, company designation Model 200, was an American experimental VTOL tiltrotor quadcopter airplane of the early 1960s.

Test pilot James V. Ryan and FAA copilot Hughes ejected in North American LW-2B seats as the now-ballistic airframe rolled inverted at 390 feet. The chutes fully deployed in 2 seconds at ~230 feet. The elapsed time between prop separation and ejection was 2.5 seconds.

The airframe impacted in dried out tidewater area after completing 3/4 of a roll. The crew suffered minor injuries from ejection through the canopy. The program was subsequently canceled. This would be the last airframe design from two of the most famous company names in aviation.

The second prototype reported in some sources to have been scrapped, survived at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, and was later recovered by the National Museum of the United States Air Force for preservation.

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Source: Wikipedia

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