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- Mar 18, 2008
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F-14D said:Actually, there might have been another big factor that you identified in one of your previous posts:
"Maximum speed was 400 mph (355 knots) at 10,000 feet."
From the bureaucratic and sandbox points of view, would Army really want to take on all the fire and brimstone that would come their way from USAF if they said they wanted to develop a vehicle that could do that?
And it could fly at 27,000 feet. Downselect on AAFSS was only six months before the Johnson-McConnell Agreement. AAFSS also passed on the Boeing tilt wing which probably had similar high performance. Another element suggested by Robert Bradley is that adopting a VTOL plane like this would have invovled a lot of reshapping of tactics and training. The Lockheed and Sikorsky offers downselected for project definition were just helicopters that could fly fast. Convair and Boeing (and perhaps others) were offering aircraft that could TOL and hover like a helicopter.