Re: Tailplanes - Who needs 'em?
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:44 pm
Personally I'd change the canopy up a bit. Looks pretty stumpy up in front like that, and the pilot would have no rear view at all. Otherwise looks pretty damn awesome.
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Hmmm, looks like something from Crimson Skies.halberdier25 wrote:Don't they have canards?
The one thing that needs/needed to be fixed on the Harrier is it's susceptibility to hot-gas intake; it's not a massive issue, but it's something that can be fixed easily enough. The way to fix it would be to limit the size of the forward intake and increase the size of a dorsal auxilliary intake smack-bang between the wings where it has the most protection from exhaust vortices. Also, although this is done on the Harrier already, just making sure that the forward nozzles only put out compressed air (ie not air that's gone to the combustion chambers already).Grigor wrote:Nice lookin' plane you got there. I agree with Shutter about the canopy.
I too am a fan of tailless, simple-but-refined aircraft, as seen here:
I've been trying to figure out a decent VTOL without it getting horribly complicated. The old Harrier design seems to be It.
This I agree with. Regardless of how much we like Fighter Planes, the UCAV seems to be the Way of the Future. I recently spoke to "someone associated with the Aerospace Industry", and this person claims most future warfare will be fought by Tomahawk missiles or UCAV's. Most so-called fighter planes of today are really just delivery systems rather than fighting machines. The development and upkeep of fighter aircraft are more about politics and prestige than rational strategic planning, part of a lingering Battle of Britain mentality. The only plane really worth having is the A-10.Dragon029 wrote:Definitely - I think overall it'd be safer / better overall just to continue finishing up UCAV tech - we effectively already have the tools and knowledge for making a dogfighting UCAV; we just need to work on / ensure that they can operate in congested friendly airspace, work on their physical forms (airframes), make them tough and also make sure they can work in a team with humans.