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Mystery aircraft Southern California Logistics Airport (formerly George AFB)

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by RDoug, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. Crop Duster

    Crop Duster UNSUB

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    That doesn't seem like a lot of prop to push that thing.
     
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    RDoug Well-Known Member

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    It'll never fly, Orville. ;)
     
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    CirrusMonkey No Real Usefulness

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    A pill with wings? They should paint it burnt orange and have Advil (circle "R") sponsor it.
     
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    The only tricycle landing gear aircraft you have to taxi like a tail wheel.


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    So apparently the patent is for a single pilot turbo'd twin diesel estimating 50,000 ft cruise altitude. Of note is the prop is driven by a torque converter which is quite an interesting way to drive it - it will cut down on vibration considerably.

    The patent application mentions competing with the airlines on a point to point type service vs hub-spoke and includes some rants against the airlines. Kinda weird. Seems like the bulk of the patent is for the wing itself.

    http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=9446835.PN.&OS=PN/9446835&RS=PN/9446835
     
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    And create lots of heat and efficiency loss.

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    Yeah, looks more like a submarine than an aircraft.
     
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    Before the SR22 and SF50 there technically was a VK30

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    inigo88 Composite-lover

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    It says reciprocating, but it doesn't specify the fuel. ;)

    With the 2nd photo of the engine bay open, and the large amount of thermal insulation on those intake plenums (and what looks to be a pressure vessel on the firewall), all signs point to cryogenic liquid hydrogen IMHO. :)

    I've sat in one. Cool airplanes!
     
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    In all seriousness I would guess the "ultralight Rotax prop thingy" is just there for powerplant or taxi tests. Although anything much bigger would probably result in a prop/tail strike at the same time :ooh:

    The patent diagrams look like they're trying to use the multiple turbocharged exhaust to produce additional thrust. Kind of like a prop/turbo jet combo. Neat idea! If it works...
     

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