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Hi,

The Aero Marine Research company designed in 1969 the XD-110,
a modern two seat STOL advanced trainer aircraft,it had a double
delta wing configuration (like SAAB-35),and powered by one engine
mounted at rear of the fuselage,the company built two scales and
the third became the first mini-RPV to be demonstrated in flight,I
have a picture to the scale only,and any additions are welcome.
 

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By the way,

the AMR was a USA company and it was also built a series of RPV,but I
think no one heard about that aircraft !.
 

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hesham said:
the AMR was a USA company and it was also built a series of RPV,but I
think no one heard about that aircraft !.

... unless one is really interested in UAV history ;D!

Anyway, attached is a patchworl of scans from the section on the AMR XD-110 from

Kenneth Munson: "World Unmanned Aircraft". Jane's Publishing Company, 1988 .

A (planned) full-scale manned variant is not mentioned, but the UAV was obviously meant to represent a scaled-down manned plane (miniature cockpit!). And the military markings are probably bogus - AFAIK, the XD-110 was never evaluated by the USAF.
 

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Based on the pic of the scale model the full size variant probably would have looked awesome. Hopefully, someone will find some good three view drawings of the full sized variant.
 

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Thank you,

and for the really project,it was appeared in Jane's all the world's aircraft 1975-1976.
 

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Funny that I searched in Janes Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Targets electronic database from 2002 and found absolutely nothing.
 

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Dear Matej,

for the XD-110 RPV you found it in Jane's all the world's aircraft
1977-1978 and for the XD-110 trainer aircraft in Jane's all the
world's aircraft 1975-1976,and was not in Jane's unmanned
Aerial Vechicles and Targets.
 

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Pics tell all. I obtained this thru a want ad for WW2 items a few days ago. I knew I had to have it when I saw it hanging in a storage tent. Hard to believe its about 45 years old and wound up in my garage The motor was sold several years ago. Does anyone have any further info on William Benson? Best, Bill Bourque
 

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Amazing indeed! Is there much work to be done on restoration? Does it seem doable at all?


Just a point of detail: you posted pic #2 twice, but no pic #7... ;)
 

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Hello, one side of the wing surface is badly peeled and I dont think its repairable. I dont think this will ever fly again. One of the 3 landing gears need work and one wing cable is broken. I will post more pics tomarrow as Im off to work. I will revisit the seller this week as the engine compartment cowling is still in storage. There is a whole photo notebook of pics there. For some reason he doesnt want to part with the notebook but I will give that another try. Best, Bill
 

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Do you think he would allow you to make copies of the images from the notebook? That's just an idea if he doesn't want to part with it.

Thanks for sharing all of this with us. It's amazing that you found that model!
 

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Sundog said:
Do you think he would allow you to make copies of the images from the notebook? That's just an idea if he doesn't want to part with it.


And if he is afraid of damaging the spine in a scanner, you can suggest to place it open on a table outside and take digital photos from atop with your camera, or your phone if you don't have one at hand.
 

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Hello, I revisited with the XD-110 source today. We were able to find the engine cowling cover Im pleased to say. He also had the heavy cast dye for the canopy. I was able to take pics of all of the 60 or so pics in the album. In no particular order, one shows the 6 cyl. Ross motor that pushed it to 250+mph. the compartment size for the engine is 6"x6". There is another pic showing a smaller one in place.
The story gets more detailed, the seller told me he had bought all of Benson's models, paperwork, engines, XD-110b, scale models. He obtained it from someone that buys out storage lockers about 9 years ago. My seller heard that Benson, a British citizen returned to Great Britain later in life and possibly passed away. My seller told me he had the XD110b and he had sold all except for this final piece and the notebook. All those items are probably within a 100 mile radius from here. He sold the Ross engine to a collector in town for about $4000 7-8 years ago. Best, Bill
 

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Seeing the amazing images reminded me of an article in the Aeromodeler Annual of 1954. After much searching I found this old tome and the enclosed article. To my amazement the designs were very similar to the xd110 above, and even carried the same model prefix (xd--). Any connection I wonder. I attach the article for your reference. (mods - please delete or relocate if felt appropriate)

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Hello Malcolm, excellent info. Best, Bill
 

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Thanks for all the wonderful photos. What I love best about this place, no aircraft too esoteric.
 

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So XD-110b was a jet powered model? Left side one?
 

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There were two type piston engines?
Jet engine with starter?
 

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Looks like there were two versions: one with a pusher propeller and another with twin ducted fan engines.
 

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Oh you mean piston engine drive ducted fan? It isn't a gas turbine engine?
 

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blackkite said:
Oh you mean piston engine drive ducted fan? It isn't a gas turbine engine?

Correct. I was able to find a little more info about that model here: http://www.twitt.org/baxter.html.

From the website:

The third prototype was a scale test model in 1976 as a two seat STOL advanced trainer, non-stalling, double wing delta with sealed control surfaces. Radio controlled command guidance. Conventional take-off and landing using retract tricycle landing gear. A later version with twin rotoducts buried in the aft fuselage was scheduled after 1976. It appears that the rotoduct is a very efficient means of propulsion. I take it is a number of multiblade props, one behind the other like axial flow turbine flood pumps.
 

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Wow thanks. You are right. But if so, I feel piston engine was little small compared with XD-110 tail popeller model, don't you think so?
 

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