This is pretty spiffy:
Apparently there was a bit of a breeze in Amsterdam…
Bell artwork from the late 70’s or ’80’s depicting the D316 tiltrotor, a proposed operational derivative of their XV-15 research tiltrotor.
Convair 58-9 SST, derived from the B-58 bomber (see HERE for a well illustrated article on this and other B-58 SSTs):
Early artwork for a VTOL fighter concept from Ryan; this would eventually become the X-13:
Oh, boy! We’re doooooomed!
A quadrotor equipped with a handgun, apparently built by an 18-year-old Connecticutter for a college class. It has the expected groups all in a tizzy.
One of these days Boeing (McDonnell-Douglas-Rockwell-North American) will merge with Lockheed (Martin Marietta-General Dynamics-Convair) and Northrop-Grumman, and then the American aviavtion industry will be one massive conglomerate, every bit as exciting, innovative and independent as, say, British Aerospace…
There’s no denying that the Avro Vulcan is a hell of a machine. Imagine if the British aerospace industry hadn’t been turned into mush and they’d replaced with Vulcan with something even more impressive.
Here’s one showing the mission profile of the basic HL-20-derived “Dream Chaser” lifting body spacecraft:
Since Sierra Nevada didn’t win one of the big commercial crew transport contracts from NASA, I don’t really know here they stand on developing the manned vehicle. But they are also advertising a somewhat smaller unmanned vehicle for cargo delivery to/from the ISS. I admit to being confounded by this. What cargo is there that’s in need of coming *down* that would merit the development of a new reusable spacecraft?
No product resulting from the joint efforts of Britain and France could ever possibly be anything but an abomination spawned in the depths of Hades. And here’s proof:
I haven’t had an opportunity to really dig into this, but Boeing just patented a jet engine powered not by hydrocarbon fuel combustion but by small nuclear explosions. Basically an Orion (via laser-driven inertial confinement compression of tiny fusion fuel pellets) in a jet, stuck on a passenger plane.
The US Patent Office page on this.
THIS should link directly to the PDF of the patent.
Sigh. Every single time I think I’ve got a handle on “this is everything in the world of NPP, I can finally finish the book,” they suck me back in
Now available… three new additions to the US Aerospace Projects series.
US Bomber Projects #15
- Bell D2001: A 1957 eight-engined Bell VTOL strike plane for the Navy
- Lockheed “Harvey”: AKA the Hopeless Diamond, Lockheeds first design for what became the F-117
- Convair Model 35: An early push-pull concept for the B-36
- Rockwell D661-27: A nuclear powered strategic bomber
- Boeing Model 464-49: The penultimate major design in the development of the B-52
- Boeing Model 988-123: A highly agile stealthy strike fighter
- Boeing Orbital Bomber: An early concept for a Dyna Soar derivative with eight nukes
- Boeing Model 701-251: A twin engined concept on the road to the XB-59
USBP#15 can be purchased for downloading for the low, low price of $4.
US Transport Projects #4
- Boeing Model 473-13: An early twin-engine jetliner
- ICARUS Troop Transport: 1,200 marines, anywhere, anytime
- Republic Model 10 SST: A little known SST competitor
- Lockheed CL-593: A giant, if slow, logistics transporter
- Boeing 763-059 NLA: A whole lotta passengers in one place
- Fairchild M-534: A B-36 converted into a vast cargo carrier
- Lockheed CL-1201: Probably the largest aircraft ever designed
- Oblique All-Wing Supersonic Airplane: A supersonic variable-orientation flying wing
USTP#4 can be purchased for downloading for the low, low price of $4.
US Launch Vehicle Projects #2
- Juno V, 4 stage: An early design that became the Saturn rocket
- Boeing “Space Freighter”: a giant two-stage spaceplane for launching solar power satellites
- Boeing NASP-D: A rare look at an operational National Aerospace Plane derivative
- LLNL Mockingbird: The smallest SSTO ever designed
- Boeing Model 922-101: A fully reusable Saturn V
- NAR Phase B Space Shuttle: a fully reusable two-stage concept
- Martin Marietta Inline SDV: A Shuttle-derived heavy lifter
- Scaled Composites Model 351: The Stratolaunch carrier aircraft
USLP#2 can be purchased for downloading for the low, low price of $4.