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Pentagon mulling ‘feasible’ designs for flying Humvee
Yahoo ^ | 10/27/11 | Liz Goodwin

Posted on 10/27/2011 4:29:36 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

The high-tech researchers at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) say they're reviewing two "feasible" designs for a flying Humvee vehicle called the "Transformer."

The tank-like machine is supposed to be able to take off and land vertically. The plan is for it to be operated by a person without flight training--or by no one at all, Aviation Week reports. AAI and Lockheed Martin have each submitted potential designs, in tandem with Piasecki Aircraft. AAI's prototype would weigh 7,500 pounds and combine traditional plane wings with a helicopter rotor on top. Lockheed Martin's design, above, is 500 pounds lighter.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: darpa; flying; humvee; pentagon
They're shooting for a million a pop.
1 posted on 10/27/2011 4:29:37 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Lockheed Martin and Piasecki Aircraft's design (via Aviation Week)

2 posted on 10/27/2011 4:30:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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AAI Corporation's design

3 posted on 10/27/2011 4:31:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Its time to cut military spending then.


4 posted on 10/27/2011 4:33:21 PM PDT by omega4179 (We can't wait! for the end of an error.)
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some other potential designs Here at Aviation Week
5 posted on 10/27/2011 4:34:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I can just see Ahnold Swartzennegger and Micheal Douglas managing the first airborn traffic accident on Rodeo Drive in their new toys.


6 posted on 10/27/2011 4:34:49 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: omega4179
awwww..
7 posted on 10/27/2011 4:35:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
A lot cheaper than a blackhawk...but a lot less capable and more vulnerable too.

They would be an RPG magnet.

Watching the bomb squad show in Afghanistan is a real eye-opener for what our guys are going through over there in the sand box. We have finally put in the field vehicles that are suited for the IED environment.

8 posted on 10/27/2011 4:35:55 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: NormsRevenge
Humvee? Looks like a Yugo & Gremlin cross with outrigger wheels.
9 posted on 10/27/2011 4:36:52 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: NormsRevenge

BWA-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha is this the DUmmie FUnnies, or the FREEPER Canteen?


10 posted on 10/27/2011 4:38:31 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: omega4179

Better to put American engineers to work than to simply throw that same money away on welfare cases and getting absolutely nothing in return.


11 posted on 10/27/2011 4:40:25 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: NormsRevenge

“According to Aviation Week, the Pentagon hopes each device will cost about $1 million to make once the design plans are finalized. That’s more than a tank costs ....”

Wrong, wrong wrong. Either that, or a meaningless statement (”tank” covers a wide range of armenents).


12 posted on 10/27/2011 4:41:10 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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13 posted on 10/27/2011 4:42:11 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: NormsRevenge

I noted that they had to make it DOT legal with the Stability Control suspension (Soccer Mom Law) since it came in under 10K#.


14 posted on 10/27/2011 4:48:33 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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Attention FReepers! - Blast

15 posted on 10/27/2011 4:51:51 PM PDT by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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16 posted on 10/27/2011 4:55:41 PM PDT by Bobalu (More rubble, less trouble)
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17 posted on 10/27/2011 5:00:36 PM PDT by Washi
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To: NormsRevenge

Hmmm, what about auto-gyro combined with vectored fan?


18 posted on 10/27/2011 5:08:55 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: NormsRevenge

Ugly as sin but betcha it’s fun to ride.


19 posted on 10/27/2011 5:21:37 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (Somebody please hit the reset button on the American experiment.)
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To: NormsRevenge

How much noise would it make, anyone know? There’s something so zen about gliders, and so off-putting about whirrr and putt-putt-putt. That thing looks wake-the-dead loud.


20 posted on 10/27/2011 5:25:53 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (Somebody please hit the reset button on the American experiment.)
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To: Washi

Whoa! I think I barfed on one of those at Six Flags!


21 posted on 10/27/2011 5:28:14 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (Somebody please hit the reset button on the American experiment.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Somebody has been playing too many video games.

We barely got the V-22 working after 25? years?

Does anyone see where the engines are located for the lift system? Or the driveline connecting them to the vehicle engine?

Didn’t we just add armor plates to Hummers - for like a decade? Hint - bunch of steel plates is not what we like to fly.

This is retarded - and makes Solyndra look like a good idea.


22 posted on 10/27/2011 6:12:41 PM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: NormsRevenge

I always wanted to see them cross a v22 and an a10. Just take those big turbofans off of the Warthogs and use em to replace the turboprops on the Osprey. It could do vertical takeoffs and patrol or hover between the buildings in a city. That would be one scary beast! Can you imagine what it would sound like?


23 posted on 10/27/2011 6:25:44 PM PDT by FreeInWV (Have you had enough change yet?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Humming Vee?


24 posted on 10/27/2011 8:27:47 PM PDT by shove_it (Just undo it!)
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To: NormsRevenge
The Army has been trying to solve this problem for half a century. Maybe it's finally ripe.


25 posted on 10/27/2011 9:59:40 PM PDT by tlb
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26 posted on 10/28/2011 6:03:31 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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