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DuPont’s V/STOL makes the headlines again

Just when you thought you’d heard the last of duPont Aerospace’s DP-2 V/STOL transport project, after US Congress finally cut off its funding, a new controversy has erupted over NASA’s decision to let the company keep the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535A engines powering the prototype. DuPont argues the engines were purchased with a NASA […]

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Discopter – what goes around comes around

Steve Trimble over on The DEW Line reveals Boeing has a DARPA contract to study a disk rotor high-speed rotorcraft. Like most things in aerospace these days, this is not a new idea. Swiss architect and designer George Vranek, on his diskrotor website, traces the concept of a circular rotor with retractable blades back to […]

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Tiltrotors could airlift FCS, but at what cost?

The US Defense Science Board has just released its report on the VSTOL/STOL airlift requirements to support the US Army’s concept of “mounted aerial manoeuvre” – flying a fully equipped armoured force from an intermediate land or sea base directly to the battlefield. The report is important to two camps: the US Army backing the […]

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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 […]

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