C-2 "TriStar" Heavy Cargo Aircraft [MOC OF THE DAY of November 29, 2009] . Friday, June 13th in 2008, 04:30 pm of Middle European Time: KAAI, one of the world´s biggest aircraft manufacturers presents the first official pictures of their second "giant", a special oversize and heavy load cargo aircraft designated as "C-2", code name "TriStar". The following pictures have been taken after the rollout of the first C-2 built in series. They show the civil version of the company´s new object of pride, which also exists as a yet unknown military variant. Key Words: Heavy Duty Cargo Aircraft cargo plane cargo jet freight freighter heavy duty cargo aircraft landing gear retractable empennage ramp hydraulic sleek sleeker nose TriStar Tristar C-2 insignia studless SNOT flaps functional winglets aerodynamic KAAI aircraft industries pride fleet plane line-up rollout runway taxiway ramp load cockpit detail detailed . The enormous dimensions of KAAI´s most recently developped aircraft speak for themselves:
Total length (from the nose to the end of the empennage): 77 studs
Maximum height (tail section): 30 studs
Wingspan (with horizontally flapped winglets): 76 studs
Thrust of each engine : 270 kn
After the overwhelming success of the first heavy cargo jet in KAAI´s history, the massive "C-1 Stratohauler", a continuation of the history of cargo aircraft engineering was reassured by the company´s president about one and a half “human” years after the C-1´s rollout. Whereas the C-1´s four-engine "rough", "hefty" design (Features were a massive, ultra-resistible heavy duty landing gear; 10 rear wheels and a double front landing gear; an interconnection between the rear landing gear and the massive, straightened wings; and its characteristic bulky nose) displayed its heavy-duty purpose and capacities (landings on dirt runways and rough terrain) in heavy air transportation, the C-2´s features point towards a different type of air cargo hauling missions. Aerodynamic improvements can be seen all over the aircraft: the "TriStar" features a much sleeker nose, a lot of SNOT and studless techniques and a much "refined", sleeker landing gear. The economic three-engine conception and backswept wings make an excellent mid-to-long range cargo aircraft out of the versatile C-2, which disposes of decisively more cargo space as its predecessor "C-1". The C-2´s rear landing gear can be lowered hydraulically, which decreases the angle of the big cargo ramp and simplifies the loading of flat vehicles or other bulky goods. The construction of the "TriStar" went through a period of two and a half "human" weeks, during which the chief engineer spent most of his free time on the realization of the C-2.
Cockpit details: as it can be seen, the C-2´s advanced computer systems only require a pilot and co-pilot. Three engines, three throttle controls...
I´m quite proud of the nose. Imagine, guys: initially, I wanted this aircraft to be only 6 studs wide, then 8 studs wide, and finally 10 again - and the nose "expanded" more and more to its final shape:
The following pictures are close-ups of some of the C-2´s details.
One of the side engines and its fixing to the wing body:
Empennage & centerline rear engine:
Working wing flaps, functional winglets and the TriStar´s insignia:
A bird´s-eye close-up of the smooth surface on top of the cockpit, and again the C-2´s insignia:
The openable rear fuselage (access to cargo - playability is very important to me), the functional doors with integrated steps on both sides of the plane and the transition part of the fuselage, which mounts from its beginning til this middle part:
Another close-up of the empennage. The flaps are working well, and the aircraft´s twin insignia are visible: the one with 3 stars for the code name("TriStar"), and one with the a "2" inmidst of two stars for its cargo designation ("C-2"):
Pictures from underneath the fuselage, showing the nose and front landing gear (it is retractable and completely skips backwards into the nose, but I fixed it with bricks inside of its shaft - it tends to fold too easily...), rear landing gear (it can be turned in sidewards, and besides offers the lowering of the ramp for the loading of special cargo. - it is very substantial and well-working...):
Rear landing gear from a side view - in comparison to the one of the older C-1, this one here is a lot sleeker and more aerodynamic:
The cockpit is separated from the cargo space by a three stud-wide door; anti-fire equipment is right next to this door:
A view into the C-2´s vaste cargo space:
The C-2 at the ramp, being unloaded and loaded again: the Cab-Over Semi Truck easily fits in the belly. While the semi is being driven out of it, the cargo for the TriStar´s next mission is brought by my Heavy Hauler pulling two of my drawbar truck trailers with two heavy construction machines:
Plane line-up and size-wise comparisons: The C-2 next to the C-1 and a prototype interceptor aircraft, the YF-61 "Thunderspecter":
The older C-1, right behind the C-2. The second picture shows well how much bigger the TriStar is compared to the "Stratohauler":
Height and shape of the empennage - C-1 & C-2 in comparison:
TriStar & Thunderspecter:
Measuring the C-2 by using interconnected 2*10 studs long general white bricks:
Pictures of a C-2 take-off:
Thank you for all you guys´ votes and comments!
Special thanks go to my friend Jeffery Smith (Malenco Union), for always giving me good advice and constructive reviews. At the loading ramp of the C-2, I realized his solution for little support wheels, stabilizing the ramp and making certain "loadings in motion" possible(used in the C-2´s military variant). You´ll find them on his cool heavy military transport aircraft, the MUI-43 "Savior", another great oversize/heavy load special cargo aircraft.
Also thanks a lot to Dave Henderson who suggested to make three equally powered engines out of the different ones I described beforehand!