26. May 2014 17:10 by outbackuav
in Hardware, Posts, Videos
This is one project I can't wait to see finished. Melanie Vermeulen is building a EDF version of the F-35 VTOL fighter complete with the weird but ingenious jet nozzle which redirects thrust rearwards or downwards as shown in this video:
Closeup of the nozzle:
Here it is hovering with an impressive amount of control.
Here is the real thing doing a vertical takeoff although I wonder if, like the Harrier, it won't be doing many vertical takeoffs in operational use because lifting a full fuel load off the ground ends up using a large proportion of that fuel.