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Jan 11, 2013, 01:22 PM
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Tesla VTOL

Just came across this -

"January 3, 1928, U.S. Patent 1,655,114 - The last patent issued to Nikola Tesla. It was for a biplane capable of taking off vertically (VTOL aircraft) and then be "gradually tilted through manipulation of the elevator devices" in flight until it was flying like a conventional plane. Tesla stated it would weigh 800 pounds and would sell at $1,000 for both military and consumer uses. It may be the earliest known design for what became the tiltrotor/tilt-wing concept as well as the earliest proposal for the use of turbine engines in rotor aircraft."

So who will be the first to make a scale modle of it!
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Jan 18, 2013, 10:53 PM
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Very cool find. Thanks for posting.
Jan 28, 2013, 12:01 AM
I'm goin' Falcon nuts
RCAV8R13's Avatar
Very cool but where's the anti-torque come from? It looks like it would spin out of control.
Jan 28, 2013, 08:07 AM
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The control surfaces numbered 7 and 8 are immersed in the slipstream (well, at least in the intentions of the inventor) and probably would be acting as anti-torque as well as hovering controls. The dimensions and initial angles would need a lot of tweaking, and stability in forward flight would be problematic. But it's not an impossible contraption.
Jan 28, 2013, 10:49 AM
Winging it >
leadfeather's Avatar
Here is the closest thing to Tesla's design. I think it is close enough to show Tesla's concept was plausible.

Tilt Rotor Variable Pitch Range (Locking) Free Wing Coaxial Helicopter (1 min 15 sec)

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