U.S. research into configurations and technologies for future theater airlifters will wind up in 2011 without a clear path ahead to developing an eventual replacement for the widely used C-130. A six-year effort by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to mature technologies for a high-speed short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) transport will end this year with the completion of wind tunnel and flight-simulation studies. The U.S. Army already has completed concept design studies ...

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