CLEARANCE: Above Top Secret
- Apr 2, 2006
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Of course, one in the front was here on the forum - McDonnell Douglas AMDAC Supersonic Cruise study, posted by Overscanhesham said:Dear flateric,
in your first picture,what are the two aircraft models
infront and behind the man ?.
This was one of those "do anything" concepts. The basic vehicle was a rocket-powered lifting body for "go-fast" research, but it could have additional powerplants nailed to it.LowObservable said:Definitely a Macs idea; note scramjets as well.
It's interesting how clear the lineage of McDonnell-McDD-Boeing hypersonic designs from the 1960s to the 1990s is. The most obvious change is the 2D inlet, but for me especially the wing/tailplane configuration seems to have remained much the same.Orionblamblam said:A McDonnell-Douglas Mach 12 research aircraft proposal, manned with five RL-10 engines. It's something I've been trying to dig up more on for a while.
Thanks Flateric for this nice picture that is quite similiar to my avatar....flateric said:Another one from the same GRC Image Archive
NASA-Langley hypersonic research airplane design, IDd by Scott here
MDD dedicated technology demonstrator for investigating cruise flight from Mach 3 to 6 and later to Mach 9. Two turbojets are supplemented by one ramjet in the center. Turbojet air from the inlets would be diverted into the ramjet engine in the Mach 1.
AWST, Sept. 17, 1973, pg. 87 and 89