This is something that suddenly popped up from the deepest caverns of my memories.
Back in 1978 or 1979 or so I bought me a copy of the German airplane magazine “FlugRevue” (Flight Revue). Inside I found an article introducing the newest ideas for cargo planes. Beluga-like hulls, container systems and – this one, named the “Air Loiter Vehicle”. The idea behind it was to transport voluminous goods, like construction machines, military vehicles or huge machinery not within a confined hull, but instead tied down on a flatbed. On the ground, the tail would have been lowered and the cargo be loaded by using a ramp.
For sure, this concept was… let’s say: Not to smart. Everyone can imagine the turbulences around hydraulic excavators, caterpillars, tanks or similar, non aerodynamic cargo.
I tried to find any kind of evidence about that thing on the internet – but failed. I can even imagine it was nothing but an April’s-Fool-Prank.
Accordingly, this image is nothing but a piece of memory, kitbashed from pieces of Boeing 747 (wings), 767 (rudder, here V-shaped) and Airbus A300 (cockpit section).
IMHO, this would be an aeronautic competitor to Heuhen’s weird ship challenge.