Here is a strange one. From a very well known company.
This looks like something out of one of those old H.G.Wells stories about trips to the Centre of the Earth...
Come on now, did it FLY ???? With that tunnel-borer up front ???
I'm not sure how it performed (runs and ducks). Information is very tough to find about this one.
The aircraft is not unique, just the tunnel-borer section.
I'm off for the next couple of days (family wedding - yuk!) so I'll wave the white flag on this one.
Thankfully I'm going by road - all flights are off again here - I suspect the bridal couple are going to have a ruined honeymoon......
Rgr on horse drawn carriage...
The mystery is European. The prop experiment was added to a proven biplane recon design.
Sorry, this was not the greatest photo to work with. The tunnel-borer is the Fokker C.1 with the experimental Dekker prop. Thinking it was the first contra-prop ever designed? Circa 1920.
Next one is easier. A jet trainer...
The sad remains of the Beech Jet Mentor?
On the other hand, it was saved!
Mouldering in Wichita, eh ? You would think someone would take this one in hand - like Beech, for example.
I WISH someone could get Aerofiles to get their site off Google's wanted list. I am sick of getting this on every page I try to access.Attachment 4986
I can get in with IE instead of Firefox, but Kaspersky still tells me there are nasty worms lurking in there.....
on the Beech. Over to Wout.
Been visiting Aerofiles without any issues so far.
Nothing wrong structurally with this one. It`s not the right wing sticking up
I have that pic labeled as the 'De Rouge Elytroplan', though apparently more aircraft existed with that name.
Hi Ferry, bingo!
The Elytroplan concept was an idea of Count Charles de Rouge and the tall mast was used to control the aircraft.
Attached a photo op the first contraption as tested in 1935. Also the second aircraft (which was known as the Bouffort-Lantrè BL-10, built in 1937) in flight and as tested by the Germans, but apparently found unsuitable as basis for another secret weapon. I understand the BL-10 was destroyed in 1943.
After the war the concept was revived as the LB-20 (also built by Bouffort and Lantrès, but I donot know why the reversed the BL designation into LB).
The two BL-10's look a bit different there, Wout. Different shape 'endplates' and the wing on the last one looks shorter and has more dihedral, but maybe that's just camera angle.
I wonder what the theory of the tall 'sail' was ? I suppose the fact that it didn't exactly spawn a rash of imitators speaks for itself.......
Anyway, well spotted, Ferry - I was getting nowhere with this wee horror.
To make it even stranger (If that's possible); this airplane apparently goes by the same name:
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