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It's Half-Helicopter and Half-Airplane; It's the DiscRotor!

November 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM | by | ()

Everybody's talking about new airplanes these days, specifically the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Airbus A380 Superjumbo and even the Boeing 737s with new "SkyInterior" (more on that tomorrow). But what we'd really like to see hit the blue skies above is something totally new, really fresh...like a helicopter/airplane hybrid called the "DiscRotor."

According to AviationWeek, Boeing has been working on this baby for over a year, along with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program. What that means is when/if the DiscRotor does lift off, it'll be for military use only, for a while at least. But take just a second to imagine what kind of fun travelers would have flying to their destinations in an aircraft that has almost the range and speed of an airplane, with the pinpoint takeoff and landing accuracy of a helicopter.

You know all those dangerous airports with super short or just plain treacherous runways? With a DiscRotor, the fear of falling off the edge of Mount Everest's airport runway's cliff (see it here) wouldn't exist, and there'd be no more beach faceplants for the planes coming in to St. Barts (see a video of that here).

[Photo: AviationWeek/Boeing/DARPA]

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