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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