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Secret Superpower Aircraft: Quest For Vertical Take-Off


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A 50 minute documentary from the History Channel.

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A & E Mod
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0014BPACC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,716 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While the History Channel provided a good insight into prototype VTOL jet aircraft of the Russo-American Cold War Era, including the VJ 101C, the VAK 191, the XFV-1 and XFY-1 Pogo, the X-13 Vertijet, and the Yak-36, as well as unbuilt VTOL combat jets like the P.1154, the XV-2 (company designation S-57), and a VTOL F-104 derivative with a rotating triangular wing, the History Channel missed two points:

1. No discussion of the Yak-41 Freestyle, the SNECMA Coleoptere built by France, or the Rockwell XFV-12.
2. The F-35B is only intended for the US Marines, not the Air Force as stated by the narrator and Rebecca Grant.

In a world where wars between sovereign states have become very rare, and wars within sovereign states are commonplace, the US military may be inclined to use VTOL jet planes in any environment far away from conventional runways --- whether it's in a desert, a beach, or an open space within the woodlands.

The F-35B is significant as the first indigenous American supersonic VTOL jet fighter to go into production and also the first supersonic VTOL fighter that has been cleared for deployment. In this sense, the F-35B can be thought of as a 21st century ghost of the unbuilt Hawker P.1154 designed in the early 1960s.
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