Haberkorn / Eggers 'Carrier Aircraft Having an Annular Wing' Patent, US30005.

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Wingknut

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Hi folks,
Hope this isn't old news - searched the forum and can't seem to find a reference to this one, so here goes with a patent for a VTOL-capable, annular-wing carrier aircraft.
All best, 'Wingknut'.


'Carrier aircraft having an annular wing', US3000593
Inventors: Erich Haberkorn, Gerhard Eggers
Source: http://www.google.co.uk/patents/US3000593
Summary:
Filed May 27, 1958 States
“The present invention relates to an aircraft to be used as a carrier vehicle. More particularly, this aircraft may be resorted to for bringing a high-performance aerodyne to the required speed and altitude and then releasing the same. The carrier aircraft may also be used as a flying test bench for aeronautical engines or other parts, or still as a vehicle for releasable loads.
.... The main object of the present invention is to provide a V.T.O.L. annular wing carrier aircraft designed for housing the carried craft or part of it, within the annular wing. To this end, the power plant of the carrier aircraft is arranged peripherally on the annular wing, leaving its inner volume free for accommodating the carried craft. Another object of this invention is to provide such a carrier aircraft with support means, on the inner surface of the annular wing, for longitudinally guiding the carried craft, for relative displacement parallel to the longitudinal axis of the annular wing.
Still another object of this invention is to so arrange [the support means of the carried craft in the annular wing], that the longitudinal axes of both the carrier aircraft and the carried craft substantially coincide.”
 

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