Prototype, XM561 & M561 Vehicles
Information Sources, References and Credits
Personal papers, files, original layouts and notes of Roger Gamaunt (in possession of author).
Chuck Bonnette, (the original structures design analyst on Corvair Prototype vehicle).
Vic Civiletto, (from prototype inception in Grand Prairie, Texas thru program shut down in Michigan,) involved in major design, management and marketing efforts).
Russell E. Blackburn, Jr., the Gamagoat.com Web Master. Provided additional encouragement to produce this document.
Allen Marcontell Provided patent source Information on Gamaunt’s various design activities.
William Janowski (author) (design engineer, test driver and Field Engineering Supervisor in Gama Goat program thru 1966).
Where possible, verbal discussions were held with the aforementioned individuals to review the initial write-ups and fill in historical areas that the author was not familiar with.
A special note of thanks is due Roger’s wife, Jan, for providing the author with stewardship of all remaining Gama Goat and other historical files and drawings previously stored at the Gamaunt, Fawnskin, California residence.
It was only thru the initial encouragement and goading on the part of Dick Atkins of the Vought Aircraft Retirees Club and their website that the author undertook the initial preparation of the history of the “Goat”.
Reference # 2 “ Engineer Design Test Plan,Truck,Cargo:1 ¼ Ton,6x6,XM561,Wheeled Vehicle Branch, Automotive Division, Development and Proof Services, Aberdeen Proving Ground,Maryland,15 July 1963”.
Reference # 3 “Report On Preliminary Evaluation of XM561, Truck, Cargo, 1¼ Ton, Pilot Model No. 1”, LTV Michigan Division, July, 1965.
Reference # 4 Staff Study, Compromise Width Tire Kit, Office of the Project Manager, XM561, 17 January 1966.
Reference # 5 Phone conversation between Vic Civiletto and Bill Janowski, March 18, 1968.
For those interested in reviewing the text of the various patents along with engineering diagrams go to www.uspto.gov.
Any errors, omissions or opinions are strictly that of the author and for which I take full responsibility. Suggested corrections or comments should be directed to the author.
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