GALLERY OF FRANK R. PAUL's SCIENCE FICTION ARTWORK
artwork (c) Frank R. Paul estate
Cover art by Frank R. Paul for Nov.-Dec. 1934 (Everyday) Science and Mechanics.
Although there doesn't seem to be enough propellers (lift + thrust has to overcome drag + load for a vessel to stay in the air), there are some remarkable things about the design. It seems to anticipate the flying-wing concept - notice the absence of a cylindrical fuselage or a tail. The propeller on (our) right seems to be pointing straight down - which might be for control/guidance (as the corresponding propeller on our left seems to be pointed in a different direction. The mounting of engines and propellers on pivots that can point straight down or up anticipates the V/STOL (vertical or short take-offs and landings) technologies explored in the sixties. Really a remarkable craft. - F.W.
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