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In the spring of 1933, the U.S. Army Air Corps tested the prototype Curtiss T-32 Condor II twin engine biplane transport. During the early 1930s, the Army General Staff still believed that a large biplane was more reliable than a monoplane aircraft, so two T-32 transports were purchased with the designation YC-30. The plane featured a retractable landing gear operated by electric motors making it among the first transports with retractable landing gear. The YC-30 also had many access panels designed for easy and speedy ground maintenance tasks. The basic structure of the YC-30 was a steel and aluminum alloy framework and fabric covering. The first YC-30 (S/N 33-320) was received by the Air Corps on 12 May 1933. Both planes were initially used as VIP transports and then as regular staff transports until withdrawn from service in 1938.
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19 June 2013 @ 06:23 UTC
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