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Posted on 03/02/2014 11:33:50 AM PST by DogByte6RER
1970s: The Flying Pulpit
The Williams X-Jet, created by Williams International, was a small, one-man, light-weight, Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft powered by a modified Williams F107 turbofan aircraft engine designated WR-19-7 after some minor modifications. The vehicle was nicknamed "The Flying Pulpit", seemingly due to its shape. It was designed to be operated by / carry one person and dirigible by leaning in the direction of desired travel together with the modulation of its input power. It could move in any direction, accelerate rapidly, hover and rotate on its axis, stay aloft for up to 45 minutes and travel at speeds up to 60 miles per hour (~100 km/h). It was evaluated by the U.S. Army in the 1980's, but was deemed inferior to the capabilities of helicopters and small, unmanned aircraft and so the development of the X-Jet was discontinued.
Other VTOL systems developed by Williams International included a jet-powered flying belt, developed in 1969, which was powered by a Williams WR19 turbofan, and X-Jet's predecessor, the WASP I (Williams Aerial Systems Platform) which developed in the 1970's and was powered by the more powerful WR19-9 BRP5 (rated at 670 lbs thurst and a great SFC of just .47lbs/lb/hr).
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That was a GREAT TV series (though animated), I was lucky to have seen it. What a marvelous time that was to be alive; America seemed so full of promise.
So it’s a flying Segway?
(Chuckling and dodging flying erasers ....)
Hmmmmm . . . . . With newer lighter and more powerful jet engines coupled with the latest avionics it may be time to revisit this idea.
I would think the RC model guys are doing this with ducted fans, gyros, GPS, Hero cam etc.
Best cartoon, EVER!
And don’t forget Clutch Cargo.
The moving lips gave me the creeps when I was a kid. LOL
On display in the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.
Smaller more efficient engines = more range. Plus more power means the ability to tilt further forward with more speed and even more range. Of course I wouldn’t want to ride one in the rain or cold. But flying like a bird would be a major HOOT.
Who knew 1x6’s and Stanley gate hinges were so versatile.
Unstable and deadly in crosswinds.
The emergency procedure for engine failure: Prayer.
My favorite episode of Johnny Quest.
I’d love one but where’s the ballistic chute to save you when the engine FODs out?
How much $$$ ?
When I was a kid, I was scared to death of spiders, and that Johnny Quest episode just stuck in my head for a long time...
I still laugh every time I see this one...:)
I really enjoyed the earlier seasons of The Venture Bros. as it totally pays homage to Johnny Quest... Really strong elements of the show... in a parody format.
The crucifix painted on the front of the original would never fly today.
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