[Fantasy] Bill Gunston conceptual aircraft designs

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A series of drawings from:

Stealth Warplanes. Osprey Combat Aircraft Series.Bill Gunston. 1988
ISBN: 0-85045-830-7

1. STOVL Stealthy attack aircraft
 

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;D

In my opinion, Naboo Fleet seems to be inspired on the SR-71
 

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pometablava said:
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In my opinion, Naboo Fleet seems to be inspired on the SR-71

The big silver one was. The concept artist said so.
 

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"..Naboo Fleet seems to be inspired on the SR-71"

And by the B-2 .. a B-2 with SR-71 engines ! :D

(from www.starwars.com)
 

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One of the more interesting drawings in his book was for the RAM-J (as it was known at the time) it ended up as the Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot. I liked the one in Bills book.
 

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That same design configuration was in an issue of AW & ST in late 1978, IIRC. It is a neat design, tho.


JAZZ said:
One of the more interesting drawings in his book was for the RAM-J (as it was known at the time) it ended up as the Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot. I liked the one in Bills book.
 

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Also usually associated with this Ram-J depiction were Ram-L & Ram-K depictions of the MiG-29 & Su-27. They generally showed the MiG-29 as a scaled-down cross between a MiG-25 & F-15 with a little F-18, YF-17 at the time, I guess, thrown in, & the Su-27 as what looked like an enlarged, swing-wing F-18, sometimes single seat, sometimes 2. Those 2 concepts were in the same issue of AW & ST & were also used in Gunston's book(s).



frank said:
That same design configuration was in an issue of AW & ST in late 1978, IIRC. It is a neat design, tho.


JAZZ said:
One of the more interesting drawings in his book was for the RAM-J (as it was known at the time) it ended up as the Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot. I liked the one in Bills book.
 

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Other Soviet artist's impressions here

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,275.0
 

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Bill Gunston's idea about USAF stealth fighter before the F-117 was publicy unveiled

Stealth Warplanes. Osprey Combat Aircraft Series.Bill Gunston. 1988
ISBN: 0-85045-830-7
 

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Yet again from the same source, a couple of ATB concepts

More pics will follow soon...

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These are from Advanced Technology Warfare by Col. Richard S. Friedman, Bill Gunston, David Hobbs, Lt. Col. David Miller, Doug Richardson and Max Walmer (Salamander Books, 1985, ISBN0-517-55851-3). They're from Section 4: Air Warfare, which is written by Gunston. Don't say specifically that they're his, but I'd say it's a pretty safe bet (also has a nice color profile of that Stealth/VTOL that pometablava posted).

First one's a Stealth aircraft:
 

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Then there's a Stealth CCV and a different Stealth VTOL:
 

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pometablava said:
A series of drawings from:

Stealth Warplanes. Osprey Combat Aircraft Series.Bill Gunston. 1988
ISBN: 0-85045-830-7

1. STOVL Stealthy attack aircraft

Thanks for posting those.

So it is just a concept art by some artist? That is a it disheartening. I see a pegasus can't fit into it so another engine would have had to be developed or converted to thust vectoring.

Does raise the question though, why haven't there been more aircraft designs around the pegasus? Or even more engines and aircraft developed that vector thrust in a similar way.
 

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You should check out Andrew Dow's book on the Pegasus, it has a number of designs in there.
 
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