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The most unique proposal in the AAFSS competition came from the San Diego division of Convair. The Model 49 did not fit the normal mold for either an airplane or a helicopter, and represented something entirely new. Propulsive power came from turbine engines driving counterrotating propellers within the shroud. Convair believed that the system was inherently more reliable than a conventional helicopter, and pointed out the only pilot control inputs involved directional control and setting rotor blade angle and engine speed. The crew of two occupied an articulating capsule on top of the shroud and was provided with a full array of sensors. The engines, fuel, crew capsule, and avionics bays were equipped with dual-property steel armor for protection against 12.7-mm projectiles.
Originally posted by Infidellic
Looks a novel idea. Wonder if it would ever fly? And I still don't get what it is exactly for :S
Originally posted by waynos
One thing about that Snecma that isn't obvious from the pictures is that it doesn't have a conventional cockpit, even though it looks like it does. The pilot lays prone (ie on his belly) so that when he lands or takes off he is in fact stood upright!