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I'll leave the lecture on Rotodyne to Waynos
Originally posted by deltaboy
Those aircraft looks cool and all. The V-44 looks like it has potential but so far nothing has been happening since. And the the second pic showing helo like aircraft don't look like it could work from my point of view.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
The AV-8B requires something like 60 gallons of distilled water to hover. If you were to try to do a Vtol on the size of the C-17, or even C-130 you'd get next to no cargo, because you'd have to carry so much water for the engines to go vertical. The C-17 and C-130 already have a Stol capability.
Originally posted by Orionblamblam
Possible? Yes. Practical? Well.... likely not. There are several things against VTOL large transports:
1) The VTOL systems add weight (substracting from cargo)
2) The VTOL systems add drag (subtracting from top speed and fuel economy)
3) There are already runways all over everywhere.
4) The VTOL systems add complexity