ACCESS: Above Top Secret
- Apr 2, 2006
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Early HOTOL configuration
Archibald said:Is it true that HOTOL engine was classified after the cancellation of the project in 1988 ?
Tophe said:On your very first picture here above (Hotol84), what is the twin-fuselage plane in the sky background (with 6 jets)? A Twin-Hotol, somehow? Or just fantasy to add a science-fiction touch?
Tophe said:Or just fantasy to add a science-fiction touch?
Barrington Bond said:Looks like a rudder just at the front instead :
I thought it was mostly because the center of gravity was so far back on HOTOL so with a fin up front you have a larger moment arm so you need a smaller force to have the same moment. A smaller force equals a smaller fin equals a lot less weight. But the blanking plays too I guess.zen said:Particularly on approach for landing when the nose is high and tends to blank off a short fin at the rear. Placing it up front means a smaller fin can exert a similar lateral force to a larger fin at the rear, since its not blanked off and in 'clean' (undisturbed) air.
;D nice find! I'll have to check out my old porno mags now.flateric said:You never know what can you find in 1986 backissue of French edition of Penthouse...
This is very early 1986 HOTOL iteration, with nice photos from Warton wind tunnel and fascinating renderings including one with trolley.
Manned payload module is also here.
In many respects the seeds for HOTOL's cancellation were sown at the beginning, with uneven support within UK government and its industrial partners, little prospect of European engagement and only the US government ready to embrace the project for its own ends.