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Hovering dish Strike aircraft by CUTANGUS Hovering dish Strike aircraft by CUTANGUS
Brief descriptive of a V.T.O.L. combat aircraft capable of hover over the battlefield to shoot accurately to ground targets with assorted weapons in turrets.
An autopilot takes control of the hovering flight while the single crew aim the weapons to the selected targets.
The pilot, obviously, is not human but mechanical one. This is not, thus, strange that it can manage various tasks at the same moment, and is also capable of defend the craft using the tail turret or even the underwing turrets not in direct view.
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:iconteknight:
What's a gas generating turbo propeller?

And why do you need complicated contra-rotating props when you have two of them?
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CUTANGUS Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A gas-generating turbo propeller is a jet engine in that a large proportion of gas, after generating work in the turbine section to move the compressor and the propeller shaft, is diverted to do even more work, in this case to move a large diameter lifting fan. This extra work is only possible if the gas generated is hot enough or still have enough kinetic energy to do the required work. Usually this exhaust gas have enough oxygen to burn more fuel in an afterburning combustion camera, so more heat and gas speed can be achieved to do more mechanical work before been exhausted to the atmosphere.
The contrarrotating propellers have been designed to absorb a lot of shaft power without having to have too-large single popeller diameter and to avoid torque if only one engine is working (as in the case of an engine failure).
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Can't stop thinking about the possibilities!
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OH, and the 'cheek' turrets could be replaced with cameras for recon missions, it could also be fitted with with wing tip drop tanks for long range escort missions, it may need the addition of two small tail fins that would be angled at 45˚ for high speeds. I see those fins positioned just outboard of the nacelles. Vietnam-style missile pods ( Huey cobras) would bring it into the 1960's for that conflict. With the addition of larger jet engines to substitute the turbo-props, it could have some Harrier tech for carrier or forward battlefield ops.

This is too cool!!

Regards,

Scott
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CUTANGUS Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've unleashed your creativity with this illustration. Go on, please.
How sad the history of Vought XF-5U Flying Pancake. The vertical flight was at hand, but after spending a lot in post-war expensive aircraft carriers, the Admirals would not look ridiculous owning a plane that did not need such floating runways!
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:iconsrspicer:
Yes, this design has inspired me for sure. Sent you a note about kitting this design. Let me know.

Regards,

Scott
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:iconsrspicer:
Very nice!

I see this as one of those retro-designs from a secret US Army base in England during WWII. I see it with two human pilots, one for flight and hover, one for weapons. I also see it painted all black, like the Northrop Blackwidow for night ops! I think it could also have quad landing gear, that deploys from the engine nacelles, one front, one rear, to keep the central fan clear.. What do ya think?
More views of this design, Please!!?
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storm-bunny Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very cool :)
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ONI-Defense Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, like a hybrid of the Avrocar and the V-173.
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