posted on Mar, 27 2005 @ 12:23 PM
This tilt wing concept is probably the best candidate for C-130 replacement. It could solve current weight VS armor issues of FCS, because it can
carry much more than Herc. Lockheed proposed their concept too, but it was not able to meet the takeoff range requiremtns yet. The Superfrog will be
able to lift 30-40 tons while operating only from 600 foot long runway!!!
Of course it cannot hoover like Osprey or V-44 and looks super ugly
, but is mechanically much simplier and cheaper than tilt rotor. Also the
engines could have only 1/3 output required to take off vertically. The wing tilts upwards in a 45-degree angle when landing or taking off.
Another interesting thing is that it has no tail (because the landing speed is only 60km/hour) so the elator doesn't work on such speeds. That also
means it will use FBW control systems.
The fuselage which has some stealthy aspects and is almost twice as wide as by c-130. the range should be app. 3,000 nautical miles
I wonder if they will be able to do it, because it looks as very promising tactical transport for 21th century.
boeing patent and more technical info
[edit on 27-3-2005 by longbow]