That helps 3 of the six degrees of freedom the deck has. You are still left with three translational movements, all occuring at the same time.Justo Miranda said:Why not gyro stabilized helo deck ?
That was some nice find! Wish I could have thanked Steve for it. Indeed, Mr. Barling seems to have been ahead of his time on quite a few occasions—not always with ideas that ended up working, unfortunately... (only his Nicholas-Beazley NB-3 reached some degree of success, being produced in quantity; the NB-4 was also produced but didn't fare nearly as well)Steve Pace said:Did Walter H. "Walt" Barling - father of the Barling Bomber, beat Convair (XFY-1) and Lockheed (XFV-1) to the punch with the creation of a VTOL airplane design in 1940? -SP
One advantage of the delta wing on the FY-1 was that it not only could reach a fairly high angle of attack, it generated a lot of drag as angle of attack increased. As a result, a zoom climb was not necessary to kill speed and bring it to a vertical attitude.As I recall, the landing transition to vertical flight was a problem also. Even with perfect ergonomics, landings required a pullup maneuver that put the aircraft at a considerable altitude that required a long, fuel-consuming descent. I'd guess that the Pogo would have to descend fairly slowly to avoid putting it's highly loaded airscrew into the "swirl-mode" that's claimed at least one V-22.