posted on Jan, 23 2006 @ 05:47 AM
I was wrong. I had a little free time, so I taked a detailed look on it. The artwork from US Navy that I posted last time is very confusing, because
it shows General Dynamics model 218 like plane. But it had two lift and one cruise TVC engines, so it need not to start from pivoting platform.
General Dynamics model 200 and later 218 was a backup for Rockwell XFV-12A.
In the other side, Vought TF-120 is one generation ahead. It was competitor in Navy V/STOL attack fighter competition together with Grumman design 623
[derived from one V/STOL VFAX proposal], McDonnell Douglas Model 279, General Dynamics E-7 [which used the same propulsion scheme as De Havilland
Canada design from 1983], Rockwell fighter developed from XFV-12A [project or design number is unknown and it existed in two versions - with lateral
or longitudinal argumentator] and Vought TF-120. Boeing also submitted some designs [model on the right down corner is place, where you can find X-32
philosophy with air intakes :-], but without any success.