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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:49 pm 
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I just head of this odd duck. The DuPont Areospace DP-2.

Doesnt Dupont make paint?


Apparently this "Thing" (I hesitate to call it a plane) has been trying, unsuccessfully, to leave the ground since 1981. And the fire extinguishers in the foreground are not reassuring...

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:49 pm 
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I have never heard of this plane either. But reading a description of it explains somewhat it's weird appearance:

Air Transport World magazine's Commuter/Regional World Daily of 30 November 1982 reported that "A 1/10th scale model of DuPont Aerospace's VTOL twin-fanjet DP-2 has been tested at NASA's Ames Research Center, and the wind tunnel investigations are said to have confirmed designer Anthony A. duPont's predictions. The operating fan and the vectored thrust control system were both tested successfully. The DP-2 is said to represent a unique concept of achieving a combination of efficient short-field and long distance performance with near-turboprop economy. DuPont believes it has its greatest potential as a commuter/corporate/military utility transport configured for 30 passengers. The design incorporates a supercritical wing of a type developed by NASA and flight-tested on a modified F-8 military jet. The objective is to achieve a drag break Mach number of 0.95. The DP-2's two fanjet engines are buried in the fuselage below the flight deck. A thrust vectoring system is deployed for landing. The aircraft would have a fuselage length of 61 ft. 2 in., a wingspan of 53 ft. 4 In. and a height of 18 ft. 9 in. It would seat 30-44 passengers."

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