Young 1972 VTOL 'Maple Seed' Aerospaceplane Patent.

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Hi folks,
Never having tried posting images to this splendid forum before, I apologise if I make a mess of this, but here goes:
Found a reference to a patent for an allegedly VTOL (and seemingly asymmetrical) transatmospheric vehicle.
Text and image below come from a BBC news-site about patents from the European Patent Office newly made public in 2006. (Can’t find the original patent yet though.)
“Designed by Frank G Young of New York, in 1972, the engine (5) of this vertical take-off "air and space craft" folded down, enabling ascent or descent "similar to... a falling maple seed".”
See http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/4805420.stm

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‘Wingknut’.
 

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here is the Patent

http://www.google.com/patents?id=9mksAAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4&dq=Frank+G+Young#PPA2,M1

Aerospace vehicle having multiple propulsion systems on a relatively rotatable flying wing
 
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Many thanks for the patent link - really helpful. I'm delighted to hear that the Young 1972 'Maple Seed' really was meant to be an asymmetrical VTOL aerospace plane. (Can't think of another one ...)
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Wingknut said:
Hi folks,
Never having tried posting images to this splendid forum before, I apologise if I make a mess of this, but here goes:
Found a reference to a patent for an allegedly VTOL (and seemingly asymmetrical) transatmospheric vehicle.
Text and image below come from a BBC news-site about patents from the European Patent Office newly made public in 2006. (Can’t find the original patent yet though.)
“Designed by Frank G Young of New York, in 1972, the engine (5) of this vertical take-off "air and space craft" folded down, enabling ascent or descent "similar to... a falling maple seed".”
See <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/4805420.stm>.
Cheers,
‘Wingknut’.

Please see attached this drawing by Roger Leloup from "La Lumiêre d'IXO" Yoko Tsuno series No 10 Dupuis Ed
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Roger Leloup is one of my favorite comic artist ;D

he design and draw the Carreidas 160 for Herge comic "The Adventures of Tintin - Flight 714"
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Michel Van said:
here is the Patent
http://www.google.com/patents?id=9mksAAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4&dq=Frank+G+Young#PPA2,M1
The description is frightening: spinning flight with tries to prevent pilot's dizziness and provide not rotating view around... :-\
Thanks anyway for having found this pearl, missing in my collection of asymmetric planes ;D
 
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