Jemiba,Jemiba said:Ah, this one, I think, is very similar to the one shown in Aviation Week 1966,
although not with the high set engines (?) at the tail:
Hughes "Hot Cycle." At $800, it had better be the actual painting, but it looks more like a lithograph, in which case the asking price is a tad high.Triton said:Found this artwork on eBay, the seller describes it as a Hughes helicopter plane.
Me neither, but some time ago, there were posted some other pictures of the same concept in this forum I believe. In my collection it was identified is... Y-wing:Funny, I wasn't able to identify it for a long time.
"Hot cycle" is primarily the technical principle, not the name. So it can be used in any project, that has rotor blades equipped with the tubes and thrusters, that are directing the *hot* gas from the engine to the end of the rotor blades.Stargazer2006 said:As for the "Hot Cycle" name, this refered to Hughes' XV-9A prototype, not the one in the picture.
This is a Hughes Y-Wing / Hot Cycle Concept Model. The model was made by Hughes in the 1960’s. The model measures 18” long and the y-wing measures 12” wide. The model is solid resin and it is in overall good condition. The resin has some hairline cracks in a few places due to age. The flash in the pictures show the cracks, but they are not as noticeable in person. The tail has a small chip and one of the y-wing tips does as well. One of the y-wings has been repaired (pictured). The model has two moveable doors that open on the top of the cockpit and the y-wing will spin. The stand is metal with painted rocks to simulate the model hovering over a field. The stand measures 13” long x 8” wide and weighs approximately ten pounds. This is an extremely rare one of a kind model, so don’t miss out! No Reserve! Other forms of payment excepted from US buyers.
In the 1960s, Hughes looked at using hot-cycle reaction drive to power a stoppable rotor/wing. The Y-shaped rotor/wing would rotate to generate lift like a helicopter, then slow and stop to become a swept wing for high-speed forward flight. Windtunnel and whirlstand testing revealed vibration problems, and the idea was dropped.
Old HUGHES Rotary Wing Concept Brochure
This is a very unusual 4-sided full-colour brochure on the Hughes rotor/wing concept, which was a proposal for a thick wing-like rotor which would stop in forward flight to enable the aircraft to travel up to 500 mph. Very good condition.