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Military 'Lightning Strike' plane using 24 fan passes test

The radical 'Lightning Strike' plane powered by 24 electric fans is set for lift off: Military plane that can take off and land anywhere passes milestone test ( Más...

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James Simms 2
Hope they have a ready supply of electricity nearby that's portable
Tom Yablonski 2
Sounds like an electro-diesel concept:
"each fan has an electric motor powered by a Rolls-Royce AE 1107C turboshaft engine"

Maybe the engine would drive a generator, producing power for the fans, just like a freight train. Works great for trains since they need the low-end torque of an electric motor and weight is not a factor, but its hard to imagine that working well for an aircraft with exactly the opposite needs.
Jeff Carey 1
great imagination
linbb -5
And would prove what? That you can fly for short periods with little payload with electric power? HO HUM
indy2001 8
"Big deal, Orville and Wilbur. You only flew for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Nothing will ever come of this powered flight fancy of yours."
joel wiley 2
As the story goes, the recipient of the Nobel Prize for physics lamented in his acceptance speech that the only thing left physicists to do was to carry the universal constants to another decimal place.

Then they split the atom.
On the other end of that spectrum, look at what Carly Fiorina did for Bell Labs.


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