posted on Sep, 21 2004 @ 03:45 PM
I'm sure the X-50 was a spin off of the X-Wing, But They are very different, other then just the number or blades, the main thing is the thrust, its
just wouldn't be economicaly feasible to have 2 totaly different means of propulsion.
The X-wing took off verticaly then once it got speed it kicked on the two jet engines then the X rotar blades slowed down and locked into there "two
While the X-50 takes of vertical also but it doesn't do it the normal way, It uses the 1 jet engine inside of it to vector the thrust into tubes in
the blades, the holes in the blades are on opposite sides to they make the blades move, then once its in the air moving forward around 100 - 150 mph,
the thrust gets moved so it comes out the back of the aircraft instead of the blades, then the blades slow down quickly and lock in place to then be a
wing. Which enables it to reach high sub sonic speeds.