posted on Jan, 29 2007 @ 05:15 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys, here's a couple of answers to the questions;
The biggest problem the design had was noise, you don't get any impression of it in the film but every time this thing took off and landed it sounded
like the end of the world was upon you.
The reason for this, and also the reason that the fuselage didn't counter rotate, was that the rotor was driven purely by tiny jets in the tips of
each blade, there is a segment near the end when you can see the smoke from them as they are relit for landing. in forward flight the jets are
switched off and the rotor just rotated freely like an autogyro, there is no mechanical drive in the rotor at all and therefore no torque. Genius!
Except for the bloody noise!
I too winced at the bouncy landing, but in fairness it was just a prototype, look how the P.1127 bounced around in the early days.
The Rotodyne really was expected to be the inter city transport of the future but the noise issue was insurmountable even in those days where Spey
engined Tridents and One Elevens were perfectly acceptable, which is hardly believable in itself these days.
[edit on 29-1-2007 by waynos]