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The Phantom Swift has two downward facing fans that allow for vertical take-offs and landings. The forward propulsion for the aircraft comes from wingtip thrusters that propel the Phantom Swift after the lift fans are shutdown.
The Phantom Swift is Boeing’s submission for DARPA’s VTOL X-Plane competition that also includes Aurora Flight Sciences, Karem and Sikorsky. The competition started last year. The four competitors received Phase 1 contracts. The contract Boeing received is a Phase 1B contract. It’s unclear if the other three companies have also received Phase 1B contracts to continue developing their aircraft.
The eventual aircraft will be powered by an all-electric drive, but it’s demonstrator will be powered by a General Electric CT7-8 engine.
originally posted by: Grimpachi
a reply to: Sammamishman
When they say it will be powered by an electric drive I am sure they mean the system that turns the rotors will be electric. That means they will have some type of fueled engine producing the electricity on board though if they incorporate some type of battery storage that means for short periods they could run nearly silent.