Nuf said about weapons are bad, war is bad and the like. Well yes, I have to admit. But this wingish thing is just bloody cool! Want one. Now. Fully equipped with jets.
OK, so you're an elite special forces type. You're just checking that your beeper shows enough that the girls across the bar will notice it, when the damn thing goes off. You race into the barracks. It seems that there's this crisis somewhere - hostages, WMDs, cat stuck up a tree - doesn't matter. Somebody's arse needs foot …
Us poor paraglider types got enough to put up with wings that can collapse, people strapping lawn mower engines to their backs, mad beggers tying balloons to their chairs... and now some loon wants to drive a stealthed mini-jet through the sky?
I hope he's read the Air Navigation Order - if he's got power, *he* has to give way to *us*.
Yours watching the sky even harder,
Please sir... can I have one.... with the added rocket booster packs, sir!?!
i wan' it, I wan' it I waaaaaaaaan' it!!
Absolutely, positively serious offer to be a human guinea pig (test pilot) for the Rocko-Gryphon(tm - by me, thanks) - Only compensation required woud be 2 of said Rocko-Gryphon(tm) and a life time supply of disposible rockets... a fair deal all round I think.
I'm surprised they haven't developed a larger, stealthy, STOL transport aircraft; one that could move a small quantity of men and equipment at low level, at night, invisible to radar and infra-red, quiet, etc. Perhaps a helicopter. I imagine there would be formidable technical challenges, and it would be extremely expensive, but then again the govenrment has no shortage of money to waste on nonsense.
Everyone always says that about stealth fighters and the like:
A) Unless radars are operating as enormous power levels, and microwave frequencies (hot dogs anyone?), how is a non-metalic thin cloth parachute visible at all?
B) Do birds often fly at 30k ft or several hundred kts? If the radars can detect them at all, shouldn't those charateristics be enough to flag them?
Search for felix baumgartner and his Red Bull Delta Wing to see videos of his flight across the English Channel using one of these types of devices (erm do we really want the ability to sneak into French airspace - we don't want to suggest we're invading incase they hand us the keys).
He has plenty of other videos of him using it to do tight turns in his special spandex suit.
The Red Bull version has been around for a few years now but doesn't have Min-Jets yet.
This is quite close to his description of a British special forces rig in the Jeff Mendel series (Mindstar Rising, Quantum Murder, The Nano Flower). Hope that the rest of his novells does not come on us as fast as this bit. They are quite prophetic regarding global warming, human-computer interface, future labour governments and plenty of other nasty and unpleasant stuff to come.
No objections, but I live near the place and the surrounding DLR stations to the Excel centre in London have at least 6 police officers while this thing is on. The safest I've ever felt!
Can't help but think why they're there - to prevent an attack on the place? Wouldn't there be something ironic about using violence to argue about violence?
Radar sets capable of detecting bare, unadorned humans have been around since the the late 50s. Mind you, back then it was found to be of limited utility - fixed, high-value positions only, and it only worked sometimes. Still, if it worked at all back then, it surely works better now, especially with all the nice radar-shiny metalic kit commandoes would be hauling with them.
HAHO is an invitation to be met on the ground by a large and grumpy 'welcoming' committee. This superman suit limits, at the very least, the amount of time the bad guys have to search - well worth the cost, when you consider that the commandoes using them are pretty pricy in their own right. Anything that substantially reduces exposure to detection is well worth a good look.
Plus, I can't wait until I can take a crack at one for myself - Looks to be as much fun as sex.
Anymore remember James Bond's 'Die Another Day' -- Switchblades?
Switchblades - The Switchblade is essentially a one-man glider shaped like a fighter jet. It features retractable wings that control the speed and trajectory of the craft. Fitted with the same material that makes a stealth bomber radar-invisible, the switchblade allows Bond and Jinx to enter North Korea undetected. The switchblade is based on a workable model called "PHASST" (Programmable High Altitude Single Soldier Transport).
Yves Rossy uses four of the smaller ones for his flight in the video (link is above) @ oxo et al. you can tell JatCat(tm) by their distinctive purple cowling. The latest according to their website is the p200 which outputs 45 lbs of thrust at 115,000 rpm and weighs five pounds they cost in the neighborhood of 15,000 USD so sixty thousand and a wing and you too can have one.
Many years ago in a land far, far away (OK, it was Surbiton), I remember chatting to a guy who flew a promotional Bede BD5-J like the one in the James Bond movie "Octopussy". He said he was most unpopular with air traffic controlers as they regularly lost him on radar and had to call him up to ask his position! He also, on more than one occasion, nipped across to France and back without filing a flight plan.... And that was a design without any built-in stealth other than small size, and probably far more comfort than a strap-on jet kite.
When I read the article, the first thing that popped int my head was the Screaming Fist mission from William Gibson's Neuromancer. "Microlights" used to covertly penetrate Russia's air defences in order to test a new virus against their nets.
As for how the special forces evacuate the area after their mission is complete (or has failed disasterously) is obvious. They comandeer a Gunship Helicopter and haul ass to Finland where they are torn to pieces by said country's air defences with only one survivor.
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