duPont gets air under wheels of DP-2 as funding axe looms

A subscale prototype of the controversial duPont Aerospace DP-2 vectored-thrust V/STOL aircraft, which has received $63 million of US government funding thanks to Congressman Duncan Hunter, has completed a couple of short tethered hovers in California.

The timing is probably not accidental, as Congress voted to cut duPont’s funding after a hearing into the project earlier this year. The money runs out on 31 December, but Hunter says he will still try to put funds for the DP-2 into the 2008 defence budget.

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2 Responses to duPont gets air under wheels of DP-2 as funding axe looms

  1. crofty 5 October, 2007 at 12:38 am #

    So, if Boeing’s JSF contender didn’t win because some smart alec couldn’t help calling it the “Monica”, how does DuPont stand a snowball’s chance in hell? (And what might they call this suggestive intake?)

  2. John 5 October, 2007 at 3:27 pm #

    Hmm, where have I seen this design before…

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/x-14.htm

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