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Geoffrey Wilde and unidentified model

fredgell

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In the Times obituary Sept 21st 2007 of Geoffrey Wilde of Rolls Royce there is a small picture of him holding a model that looks like some VTOL design.

Can anyone help identify the aircraft?

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article2500293.ece

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Looks similar to this concept for a VTOL ground attack a/c:
(from Flugwelt 1962)
 

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Wilde was also responsible for an interesting concept (US patent 4248041, think it may have been on SP) in which a high bypass engine's fan exhaust went through two simple turbojets. Low speed cruise, they windmilled; for high speed or VTOL, the jets were lit and provided a big thrust boost. A poor man's VCE.
The patent shows a VSTOL transport-type aircraft, but there was also a fighter design.
 

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Another topic where the original link is dead and the picture mentioned wasn't attached...
Can anyone retrieve the Times picture for inclusion? Thanks.
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
Can anyone retrieve the Times picture for inclusion? Thanks.

Considering GL Wilde's background at Derby (and the shape of those intakes), the Rolls-Royce concept seems most probable.
 

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