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PHOTOS - circa 1970s: “The Flying Pulpit” i.e, Williams X-Jet
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Posted on 03/02/2014 11:33:50 AM PST by DogByte6RER

1970s: “The Flying Pulpit”

Williams X-Jet

Williams X-Jet

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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KEYWORDS: flyingpulpit; hightechnology; vertipodhovercraft; vtol; xjet
Williams X-Jet

Williams X-Jet

1 posted on 03/02/2014 11:33:50 AM PST by DogByte6RER
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Vertipod Hovercraft - Jonny Qest photo 590607eb299f4e59654492aac0104922_zps56a2303b.jpg I remember these from a Jonny Quest episode many years ago ...
2 posted on 03/02/2014 11:34:53 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

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.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 11:36:24 AM PST by thecodont
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To: DogByte6RER

So it’s a flying Segway?

(Chuckling and dodging flying erasers ....)


4 posted on 03/02/2014 11:36:34 AM PST by The Working Man
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Jonny Quest - Race Bannon firing a BAR photo RaceShoot_zps0ed4168b.gif Jonny Quest - Robot Spy photo robotSpy_zps88e1716b.gif
5 posted on 03/02/2014 11:41:04 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Hmmmmm . . . . . With newer lighter and more powerful jet engines coupled with the latest avionics it may be time to revisit this idea.


6 posted on 03/02/2014 11:41:35 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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I would think the RC model guys are doing this with ducted fans, gyros, GPS, Hero cam etc.


7 posted on 03/02/2014 11:56:50 AM PST by cicero2k
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To: DogByte6RER

Best cartoon, EVER!


8 posted on 03/02/2014 12:03:45 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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Woo Hoo!

Less than $3.3k to go!!
GIT-R-DONE!

Make Today, Day 61 the day!

9 posted on 03/02/2014 12:04:36 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: fella
The WASP had an engine similar to one used in their cruise missiles. As for avionics, it didn't have much range, such just a Garmin or TomTom off the shelf GPS would be find.
10 posted on 03/02/2014 12:16:06 PM PST by CFIIIMEIATP737
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To: DogByte6RER

And don’t forget Clutch Cargo.

The moving lips gave me the creeps when I was a kid. LOL


11 posted on 03/02/2014 12:21:04 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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And circa 1945... 20 HP piston powered -

On display in the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.

12 posted on 03/02/2014 12:27:13 PM PST by az_gila
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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.


13 posted on 03/02/2014 12:30:32 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: az_gila

Who knew 1x6’s and Stanley gate hinges were so versatile.


14 posted on 03/02/2014 12:43:20 PM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: DogByte6RER

Unstable and deadly in crosswinds.


15 posted on 03/02/2014 1:20:12 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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The emergency procedure for engine failure: Prayer.


16 posted on 03/02/2014 1:26:04 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: DogByte6RER

My favorite episode of Johnny Quest.


17 posted on 03/02/2014 1:37:08 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’d love one but where’s the ballistic chute to save you when the engine FODs out?


18 posted on 03/02/2014 1:38:22 PM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: DogByte6RER

How much $$$ ?


19 posted on 03/02/2014 1:53:45 PM PST by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: DogByte6RER
Inspired by Dick Tracy cartoons!


20 posted on 03/02/2014 2:15:48 PM PST by sjmjax (Politicans are much like bananas. They start off green, turn yellow then rot.)
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To: DogByte6RER; Puppage

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...


21 posted on 03/02/2014 3:43:07 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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One of my favorite commercials involving rental cars and jet packs!

I still laugh every time I see this one...:)

22 posted on 03/02/2014 3:47:15 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: DogByte6RER; thecodont

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.


23 posted on 03/02/2014 7:03:11 PM PST by Rodamala
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The crucifix painted on the front of the original would never fly today.


24 posted on 03/02/2014 7:05:59 PM PST by Rodamala
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