Let’s say you really, really want to pick up 30 tons of something and drop it off in the middle of a field somewhere, but you think a helicopter the size of an A400M and a hybrid airship the size of a football field are a little too impractical. What do you do?
Boeing apparently has an answer to this problem: an Advanced Pulsejet vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, which Google reveals is being actively assessed (see slide 12) by the US military’s Transportation Command.
I found the corporate video posted above on YouTube this morning. It was posted there about one week ago. It reveals a whole new class of cargo aircraft technology, with applications for sea-based, land-based and unmanned approaches. Any new technology invites skepticism, which is of course a healthy reaction for any serious industry. But try to keep an open mind, and let me know what you think – pro’s, con’s, feasibility, risk, etc.
VIDEO: Boeing’s all-new advanced pulsjet VTOL aircraft concept
By Stephen Trimble on 22 July, 2011 in Uncategorised
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