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Scaled Model 401

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posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 02:31 PM
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Well this is cool. Scaled Composites just unveiled (and flew!) their latest project, Model 401.

I would love to know what those "research applications" are. Thoughts?

Scaled Completes First Flight of Experimental Aircraft




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posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 03:09 PM
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a reply to: Northernhollow

Interesting the winglets are curved downward. Its also an impressive empty weight



posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 04:02 PM
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Hmmm, now where have I seen that planform before....




posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 04:45 PM
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Dammit. I almost tried to run up 58 to take the long way to Oxnard today.



posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 04:47 PM
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a reply to: Northernhollow

A lot of customers are more concerned about the low cost aspect. Especially if it has a reduced RCS.

As for other applications, it could be used for any number of things. They could test systems on it, RCS reduction methods, etc.

Video of the takeoff:

www.defensenews.com...
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posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 06:04 PM
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a reply to: Sammamishman

Both look like the early 1960s stealth aircraft attempt by Boeing.

foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com...



posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 06:10 PM
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a reply to: anzha

The fuselage looks almost identical to Quiet Birds', the wings are more Avenger. Be interesting to see it flying around.



posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 06:14 PM
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Looks lovingly at my 3D printer...Hhhhmmm do I or dont I :-P



posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 06:30 PM
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The video was interesting. MTOW is 8000. If you can scale it up and keep the weight inline you may have something. Also as Zaph notes stealthy and cheap? that's going to have a market for sure



posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 07:22 PM
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So this is what Zaphod58 photographed weeks back sitting on the apron.



posted on Oct, 12 2017 @ 11:33 PM
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For those that don't want to have to go to the defense news website...



posted on Oct, 13 2017 @ 02:39 AM
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originally posted by: FredT
a reply to: Northernhollow

Interesting the winglets are curved downward. Its also an impressive empty weight


Edges tend to be broadband regarding RCS, so a downward facing winglet seem like a bad idea from a stealth viewpoint.



posted on Oct, 13 2017 @ 08:01 AM
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a reply to: anzha

Looking at the video and seeing it from that angle, it doesn't look like it's built for stealth. And from that angle, it has DNA from the Quiet Bird, Avenger and both Klingon and Boeing's Bird of Pray. It's a freak.



posted on Oct, 13 2017 @ 03:19 PM
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a reply to: Sammamishman

If you were not after stealth then why go through all the trouble of having all the other trimming of a stealth plane like a shielded duct etc and take the penalties associated with it?



posted on Oct, 13 2017 @ 03:29 PM
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a reply to: FredT

Because the 401 isn't an active stealth platform. They were after proving that they could build a reduced RCS platform, which this is, on the cheap. It's not a VLO platform, but it does have reduced RCS features. If they can build something with reduced RCS, then that should transfer over to building something stealthy for cheaper than they can currently be built.




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