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Mach 2 VTOL Fighters, Unknown proposal

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Firms name ? and Model ?
 

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It was a GE-own design. AW (then w/out Space Technology) run an extensive article with a number of different design illustrated. I have the photocopy, just have to find it and post.. ;)
 

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Hi Skybolt!

In what number of magazine(Aviation Week) was this project?
In what to page?
 

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Nugo, I'm not able to find the damn photocopy. :mad:.. I'd assume very late '50s very early '60s.
 

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The most probable candidate for the airplane in the Aviation Week article would be the Republic AP-100, given that the AP-100 used three lift fans and was powered by General Electric J85s, while capable of Mach 2 and featuring a delta wing design. The timeframe in which the AP-100 was designed (1959/1960) also appears to match the timeframe in which the issue is published.

More info on the AP-100 is found in Tony Buttler's book American Secret Projects: Fighters & Interceptors 1945-1978. The design of the AP-100 with respect to the type of VTOL propulsion system used shows that by the late 1950s, the lift jet/vectored thrust was seen as a more efficient means of VTOL for jet fighters because it eliminated the drawbacks of the tailsitter concept.
 

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It has nothing to do with Republic AP-100 being just another AvLeak artist Herb own design.
 

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