CLEARANCE: Top Secret
- Oct 19, 2006
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Bottom left is a Stop Fold Tilt Rotor
As it's described as an 'artist's concept', the picture may be everything on that particular stopped-rotor concept. Since it features the other wonder-tech of 1980s aeronautics, the forward-swept wing, an artist's (or marketeer's) fancy seems quite likely to me.Don't think I've ever seen anything on the drawing in the lower left hand corner.
Unless you have read Dale Brown’s Hammerheads and the subsequent novels involve The Border Security Force , disbanded US cUstoms Service (sounds familiar decade and half after publication when USBP and Customs formed CBP) and UsCG , in Storming Heaven. The fictional BSF flies the V-22 Osprey In his books.Then there is this Bell pipe dream.
Current HMX-1 birds are primarily cargo haulers with passenger capacity rather than executive transporters. There were proposals for a "White Top" VM-22B but there were some drawbacks that didn't see it compete (engine exhaust impingement on the ground is more problematic for VIP aircraft, as one concern). ISTR that the back ramp was replaced by a stairway.