NEW in the AIR (Jan, 1954)

NEW in the AIR

AVRO VULCAN delta-wing bomber is powered by lour Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire let engines, each of which gives 8.300 pounds of thrust, a power equivalent of our World War II Superforts.

MOTHER WAITS while modified F-84 jet fighter returns to bomb bay retrieving mechanism of giant B-36 bomber for in-flight landing during Air Force demonstration of its new air-borne carrier.

PARA-COPTER, lower right, pulse-jet helicopter you can learn to fly in 45 minutes, fits in 4x4x12 ft. container. It weighs 225 lbs.; two men or jeep can carry it. Owner is George Schmidt. N. Bellmore. L. I.

SEA MEW. British Short-Hadand’s anti-sub plane for operation on NATO escort carriers, is designed lor cheap production. It has Armstrong Siddeley Mamba turbo-prop engine.

TAIL PROP and engine behind cockpit are features of this pusher-type single-seat plane for sportsmen. Made by Acme Aircraft Co., it has 85-hp engine, 200-mph cruising speed. 500-mile range.

  1. Stephen says: April 26, 20126:51 am

    Several interesting items here. The Vulcan (equipped with Olympus instead of Sapphire engines) served for a long time, but was only used in anger in 1982. Its blended wing and body and lack of a tailplane gave it accidentally a very low radar cross-section, and it is said to have been an inspiration for the much later B-2. The “adjustable wing jet” eventually grew into the English Electric Lightning, which had superb performance and could fly as high as a U-2, but suffered badly from lack of range. The funny little tailplane on top of the fin became a conventional tailplane in production. The idea of hanging a little jet fighter from the bottom of a bomber was developed into the XF-85 Goblin (…) but it really didn’t work well. In any case, the main threat to bombers was from SAMs, which you can’t outfly and shoot down in a jet. The “para-copter” just looks dangerous and silly.

  2. DrewE says: April 26, 20128:19 am

    Tip jet helicopters (such as the para-copter) are an idea the resurfaces every now and again. They do have some advantages over traditional helicopters–most notably, nearly no adverse yaw. There are also some obvious disadvantages, such as noise and fuel delivery.

    Using a pulsejet in this application seems highly questionable, granted. The noise would be horrendous, and I’d think the vibrations through and stresses on the rotor would be quite troublesome. Starting the jets would also be an interesting proposition.

  3. Hirudinea says: April 26, 20121:22 pm

    @ Stephen – I’ve always been a fan of the Vulcan, it was the best of the “V” bombers, but you forgot one very important fact, it starred in James Bond’s Thunderball!

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