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Old 10-15-2016, 02:17 PM   #286
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Cool post.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:45 AM   #287
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More from Fairey Aviation.

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The Fairey Rotodyne was a 1950s British compound gyroplane designed and built by Fairey Aviation and intended for commercial and military applications.[2] A development of the earlier Gyrodyne, which had established a world helicopter speed record, the Rotodyne featured a tip jet-powered rotor that burned a mixture of fuel and compressed air bled from two wing-mounted Napier Eland turboprops. The rotor was driven for vertical takeoffs, landings and hovering, as well as low-speed translational flight, and autorotated during cruise flight with all engine power applied to two propellers.

One prototype was built. Although the Rotodyne was promising in concept and successful in trials, the programme was eventually cancelled. The termination has been attributed to the type failing to attract any commercial orders; this was in part due to concerns over the high levels of rotor tip jet noise generated inflight. Politics - the development was government funded - had also played a role in the lack of orders, which ultimately doomed the project.
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It could be said that the Rotodyne was years ahead of its time and with more development might have been a success.

The concept survives, albeit in a somewhat different form, in the V-22 Osprey.




Trivia time...

The Chairman of Fairey Aviation lived here in Carruthers Town when I was a kid.
I don't remember much about him but I do recall his big old Bassett Hound who would entertain himself by roaming about the town.
He could often be seen ambling down the High Street barking at nothing in particular.
He probably howled at the Moon as well. Lovely dog, he was.
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:01 PM   #288
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:05 AM   #289
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I've often wondered how a rapidly changing C of G, when the water is discharged, affects handling characteristics.

I assume that an increasing nose up attitude can be expected but perhaps it's over quickly enough not to cause any great problems.

In any event, low level ops in probably turbulent conditions can't be too much fun.

Nice find, Mr G!
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:51 PM   #290
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Famed aviator 'Bob' Hoover, who escaped Nazis by stealing a plane, dies at 94

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Old 10-26-2016, 03:34 PM   #291
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He was one of my greatest heroes. I hope to be half as good a pilot as he was. RIP Bob. You earned it, brother.
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Old 10-26-2016, 05:20 PM   #292
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I knew I posted that for someone, I just couldn't remember who.
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Old 10-26-2016, 05:37 PM   #293
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It's tough to have a huge fan base.
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:31 AM   #294
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The master at work...




Ends with a both engines off landing.
But you knew that.
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Old 10-30-2016, 05:46 PM   #295
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Remember this pic I posted?

Well, it's supposed to do that.

And I learned about "arrestor beds" from this article about Mike Pence's plane making a hard landing in a rainstorm, skidding sideways, and overrunning the runway at LaGuardia. Arrestor beds kept the plane from running onto a busy parkway at the end of the runway.
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Old 11-23-2016, 02:21 PM   #296
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Better bigger, and in HD.
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Old 11-23-2016, 03:26 PM   #297
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They could take off from my back yard
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Old 11-23-2016, 03:34 PM   #298
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They could takeoff from a treadmill in your backyard.
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Old 11-23-2016, 03:47 PM   #299
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well maybe with a dolphin boost
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Old 11-24-2016, 01:12 PM   #300
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Musta put some Red Bull in the tank...
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