When tasked with developing a series of new general-purpose cargo aircraft, the regional manager was forced out of the conference room under a hail of jeers and half-eaten muffins. How dare anyone, several engineers demanded, suggest that the Biting Midge was inadequate in its light-payload utility role? What could ever replace the nauseating majesty of the Deer Tick? Once the manager was able to use the intercom to explain that the contract was, in fact, looking for three separate weight classes of craft, the meeting took on a much more agreeable atmosphere.
But how should a dedicated cargo vehicle be designed? One suggestion was to convert the failed Hawk-Wasp project into an ultra-fast cargo craft, but in all honestly nobody even wanted to think about that disaster anymore, much less work on the airframe, so that was out of the picture. Then, one of the oldest employees began a timely reminiscence of one of RIA's oldest technical initiatives; large construct stiffening.
Now a largely lost art, l.c.s. used to be a vital skill when constructing multi-staged rockets and planes of significant wingspan, and was one of the first technologies RIA ever pioneered. Older materials, you see, used to bend at the joints between parts much more than they do now.* But by using a "spine" of the longest parts available, combined with a strut cross-stitching, oscillation could be greatly mitigated. This was combined with other techniques developed by other companies, including the strange practice of "wing stitching" and "offset shifting", and the new experimental construction practice was to be debuted as part of the Condor development program.
The Condor is, at its core, a massive flying wing, with the cockpit jutting out from just behind the craft's leading edge. The payload is carried in a large cargo pod on the craft's ventral surface which, despite appearances, is not actually the craft's fuselage but rather a gargantuan payload canister open at both ends.
Flight testing has yielded very interesting results. Even with a loaded bay, the new combination of technologies has created a wing of such strength that even aggressive rolling and pitching are possible without significant flexing along the craft's lifting surfaces. By adding airbrakes to the wing's underside as opposed to the dorsal surface, the opened brakes can keep the center of drag more or less in line with the center of thrust, allowing for quick deceleration without forcing the vehicle to pitch dramatically (such was the fate of one of the Flatbird mk.2 prototypes). However, in a classic RIA oversight, the cargo bay ended up being narrower than initially intended, so the pre-emptively dubbed "Largeboi" was ultimately categorized as a medium transport. A medium transport with an uncharacteristically large wingspan, mind you, but a medium transport nonetheless.
*This was actually a big issue in earlier versions of KSP, and was a leading cause of Kraken attacks on poor craft.
Here is my first bid for the TinCanSailor261
cargo challenge. TheTitanFan12
I present the Condor!
[This is a rough draft, and grammatical and composition issues are expected. I'll review the entry tomorrow when I have more time]