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Tailsitter Airplanes

During World War II, both Germany and the U.S. began research on airplanes that could take off and land vertically, which would eliminate the need for huge runways. The basic idea was to have the plane sit on its tail, and also land on its tail! There were many designs and prototypes of “tailsitters,” but [...]

History of the Tailsitter Airplanes

“QUANTUM SHOT” #202(rev) Link – article by Erlend Aaseth and Avi Abrams A vertical takeoff, level flight and a tail landing – first VTOL concepts These flying wonders, so called “Tailsitter” airplanes, are truly remarkable pieces of aviation history: mainly designed in the late 1940s and early 1950s, they were essentially [...]

10 Modes of Transportation that Never Got Into Gear

1. The Monowheel In 1869, French craftsman Rousseau of Marseilles built the first in history’s line of unsuccessful monocycles. Sitting inside the monowheel, the rider steered the contraption by shifting his or her weight in the desired direction. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, the massive outer wheel remained directly in the driver’s line of sight [...]

The Puffin: A Personal Aircraft

NASA has developed an aerial vehicle that will probably come as close to the personal jet-pack we were looking forward to. The “Puffin” features Vertical Takeoff and Landing, an electric engine, and a face-melting top speed of 300 miles per hour. They are already fine tuning its performance values for military use: The rather unusual-looking craft [...]