posted on Apr, 15 2015 @ 10:29 PM
a reply to: greencmp
I remember watching this thing on Nova, and they were following the last desperate attempts to get it flying in the late-80s, just as US forest
service and private investor interest in heavy-lift concepts for the lumber industry was waning.
The last and final iteration of the craft had a couple changes that included more powerful engines, a hybrid tail that combined the ring of the second
craft with the Y-tail of the first.
But the most interesting change was the replacement of that boxy cab with a newer, heavier one converted from a Huey fuselage. It looked and sounded
like something out of an aerial take on Mad Max.
The biggest issue that they seemed to have was with the flight control system, as this thing was almost certainly fly-by-wire. Given the state of
that technology in civilian hands in the early 80s, especially on a limited budget,, I'm sure they had a "fun" time trying to program flight control
software for this thing's rather, uh, UNUSUAL
edit on 15-4-2015 by Barnalby because: (no reason given)