X-PLANE FRIDAYS! THE LTV XC-142!


The LTV XC-142 was developed is response to investigating alternative options to alleviating the shortcomings of rotary aircraft of the time. Due to their venerable vertical lift capabilities, helicopters paid the price of having slow speed, short range, and limited payload capacities in comparison to the fixed-wing aircraft they meant to augment.

Thus the XC-142 was born.

Fun Facts:

  1. It is the largest V/STOL aircraft ever made.
  2. Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites fame, had a hand in the development of the XC-142. During an RC design conference, he proudly emphasizes how the XC-142, despite being developed in the 60’s, still surpasses the V-22 Osprey in performance and capability.

Just rolled into Ponoko to see how much mounting for an Arduino Uno would cost if I did the modeling myself and had it printed there. Turns out other people were thinking the same thing and done it looooong ago for the cheap on the Ponoko showroom page.

This site is awesome.

Over the course of one year I’ve gotten a hold of some decent hands-on experience, and also software and hardware to get the ball rolling on some hobby and school-related stuff. My laptop is fixed, I finally have SolidWorks again, I bought and got reasonably familiar with an Arudino set, and the garage is filled with plenty of tools.

Who knows where this will take me, but I’m preeeeeeeetty sure it’ll be fun along the way :)

Comparison between 5th generation fighter projects of the United States and China. 

I’m calling it. If anyone expects future planes of the 6th generation type to get their profiles more stealthier than the 5th, say goodbye to vertical stabilizers/tails and large control surfaces (I’m ESPECIALLY looking at you and your canards, J-20) and say hello to 3-D thrust vectoring.

Comparison between 5th generation fighter projects of the United States and China.

I’m calling it. If anyone expects future planes of the 6th generation type to get their profiles more stealthier than the 5th, say goodbye to vertical stabilizers/tails and large control surfaces (I’m ESPECIALLY looking at you and your canards, J-20) and say hello to 3-D thrust vectoring.

I finally come to the conclusion that in my school of engineering, aerospace is the douchebag major.

So during class this week, we’re covering topics involving volumetric flow rates, pitot tubes and head losses, and some guy named Ventruli who got his named stuck on things like reducers and exhaust cones n’ stuff.

Needless to say I needed to get excited about these topics to actually learn about them. So, I watched a video of a Falcon 1D engine attempting to launch a building off the ground.

今週は、本当に難しかった。たくさんエンジャニアのラブすれば、僕は、つかれている。でも、彼女は、僕にいつも手伝った。たとえば、コーヒー買ってあげて、朝ごはんつくってあげた。

手伝ってくださって、ありがとう~ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ

I realized that after two years of taking Japanese, I still suck. In such, I will try practicing here by writing once or twice a week here, in whole paragraphs at best.

今日、試験を受けるの時に、しっぱいしました。僕の日本語は、本当に上手でわない。毎日、日本語を練習するべきですよ。

(Source: mainstreamrevolution)