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Offline BlastWave

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Northrop N-251 V/STOL Interceptor Aircraft
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:20:34 pm »
Hello!

Here are two fictitious side profiles of the Northrop Grumman N-251 supersonic V/STOL demonstration aircraft, meant to resemble what it would look like if it made it to production and service of the USAF.





Thread with original desk model images: https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,16621.0
« Last Edit: May 02, 2018, 12:42:41 pm by BlastWave »

Offline sferrin

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Re: Northrop N-251 V/STOL Interceptor Aircraft
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2018, 12:39:02 pm »
It's certainly one of the strangest designs I've seen.
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Offline yasotay

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Re: Northrop N-251 V/STOL Interceptor Aircraft
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2018, 12:42:37 pm »
It is also certainly nice art work

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Re: Northrop N-251 V/STOL Interceptor Aircraft
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2018, 06:48:29 pm »
It's certainly one of the strangest designs I've seen.

Like the X-14, the DuPont DP-1, The Bell Seakat and others, the N-251 needs to have the thrust-vectoring exhaust louvers exactly at the CG for VTOL.  The simplest and most efficient way to do this is to place the entire engines forward of those louvers, which dictates the aircraft's unusual appearance.  Attached photo shows the underside of the airplane.

Good job, blastwave.  If you need other views of this contractor model, just send me a PM.

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Re: Northrop N-251 V/STOL Interceptor Aircraft
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2018, 08:02:25 pm »
Nice synergy! I really love how this forum brings together people with artefacts, researchers, and artists. It is a pleasure to see!

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Re: Northrop N-251 V/STOL Interceptor Aircraft
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2018, 11:39:26 am »
Very nice, impresive work, any drawing?