An evaluation of the historical issues associated with achieving non-helicopter V/STOL capability and the search for the flying car

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Abstract

Combined Vertical and short take-off and landing, or ‘V/STOL’ capability has been of great demand and interest in the field of aeronautics since the creation of the aircraft. V/STOL capability is a targeted capability for many projected or prototype future aircraft. Past V/STOL aircraft are reviewed and analysed with regard to their performance parameters. This research has found two embedded categories in this class of aircraft based on their propulsion systems, i.e. jet and non-jet propulsion, and highlights the significant performance differences between them. In light of historical experience the performance of a relatively new class of aircraft, the flying cars, has been evaluated.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1152
Pages (from-to)91*102
JournalThe Aeronautical Journal
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

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