A strange aircraft

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  1. Mariano

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    I found a picture of this strange aircraft. It´s seems to be a german plane.

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    #2 Cyrano, Jun 26, 2007
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    Yes, it's a Dornier, I believe. It was a contemporary of the experimental Bell VTOL aircraft, which itself was a progenitor of the V-22 Osprey. I believe the wingtip pods contained the vertical-lift jets, and the pods in the middle of the wing had the forward-propulsion engines.
     
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    Yeap and it can be seen at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. I have a pic somewhere of me standing next to it.
     
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  6. Mariano

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    That´s fine DerAdlerIstGelandet.
     
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    From the experience gained with the Dornier Do 31E, the Dornier Do 231 was proposed in response to a German Federal government requirement for a civil and military V/STOL transport. The winning design from five others, it was expected to be flying by the late 1970s. Not to be.
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    The 231 is a good looking design. Looks like it would be a jack of all trades with the capacity of something like a 121.
     
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    Some nice pics. I would be worried about the wing stress on liftoff with the engins outboard of the forward flight ones. But that is just my impression without any test numbers.:oops:
     
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