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News Picks : New aircraft is cross between airplane and helicopter

By: Physics Today
25 July 2014

Daily Mail: A new type of flying vehicle has been developed by Elytron Aircraft. The new craft combines the vertical take-off and landing capabilities of a helicopter with the speed and efficiency of a fixed-wing airplane. The design features three sets of wings: one pair of rotary wings, called “proprotors,” positioned between two pairs of fixed wings—one forward and one aft—joined with winglets. The new aircraft is more fuel-efficient and has greater range than rotary-wing craft but can take off and land without a long runway. Hence, the company says, it could be used in various capacities, including “emergency medical services, search and rescue, air taxi, and oil exploration.” A two-seater demonstration model will be on display next week at EAA Airventure Oshkosh.

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