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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: Zaphod58
Sounds like a hell of a machine! Little wonder that it looks like such a mean bugger!
I would imagine that in terms of its acceleration to maximum forward speed, it must leave other helicopters standing, what with the tail rotor being angled as it is.
I would love to see a diagram which depicts the various angles at which air is moving through the rotors, and away from them, during maximum forward thrust. Normally, with a chopper which has its nose pointed downward during forward movement, there must be a speed which it would be inadvisable to exceed, because there would be more air moving past the rotor, than being moved BY the rotor, robbing it of purchase on the air around it, and therefore robbing it of lift as well.
This might have something to do with the reason you never see a whacking great pair of jet thrusters on a helicopter?
This design would seem to have far fewer limitations in that regard though!
originally posted by: Blackfinger
I think Flettner will be laughing harder than Kamov