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Airplanes have been commonplace for quite some time now, and we've grown accustomed to what an airplane should look like. Ask any kid to draw a plane, and you'll probably get familiar results. However, this doesn't mean we've reached the end of novel plane designs. Plenty of unconventional planes are being designed and tested, and here are just a few. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: aircraft, aviation, design, helicopters, leaptech, pak ta, phantom swift, planes, prototypes, supersonic, vtol
Companies: boeing, darpa, nasa


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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Mar 2015 @ 8:11pm

    I want to buy the 17% scale model of that Boeing prototype -- looks like it'd make for a cool toy drone.

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    Anonymous Coward, 27 Mar 2015 @ 9:56am

    So when Russia wants to build something, they build it.
    When the US wants to build something, they ask darpa to send out the word and wait for someone to build it, then they buy up the rights and hope it works as advertised (it usally doesnt).

    Why are you guys still orgasming over darpa?

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      JarHead, 27 Mar 2015 @ 12:39pm

      Re:

      You have noticed that the "supersonic" Russian design has a single turbine engine powering the generators for its two large electric fans.

      I could barely accept a subsonic aircraft configured that way, but supersonic electric fans are too much handwavium for me.

      Hey, you should see the drawing I have of a single-stage-to-orbit submarine. Drawings are cheap, real hardware gets expensive.

      Do the Russians have a jet engine that lasts longer than 5000 hours between overhauls yet?

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Apr 2015 @ 5:21pm

    Airplanes have been commonplace for quite some time now, and we've grown accustomed to what an airplane should look like.
    "A big, pretty, white plane, with curtains in the windows, and wheels. It looks like a big Tylenol!"

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