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    Though this sub-forum tends to focus mostly on military applications of "Air Power", new technology in both air and space craft often overlap with both military and civilian applications. Rather than place the following in the "Science" sub-forum, this would seem a more precise and related place.

    For a lead off;

    ADIFO: The hyper-agile, omnidirectional, supersonic flying saucer
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    At low speed, it operates like a quadcopter, at high speed, it's a jet-propelled, highly efficient supersonic aircraft whose entire body acts as a low-drag wing. Those are the claims of the Romanian creators of this flying saucer that's designed to offer unprecedented aerial agility across a broad range of speeds.
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    ADIFO could resurrect the idea of flying saucers, promising extreme speed, efficiency and aerial agility

    ADIFO could resurrect the idea of flying saucers, promising extreme speed, efficiency and aerial agility(Credit: ADIFO Aircraft)
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    https://newatlas.com/adifo-flying-sa...Udt97GtlNY22b8
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    Added image from slide show available in above post/links;

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      First look at ultra-fast Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant dual-rotor helicopter

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      The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant is our first look at the Future Vertical Lift project that will...

      The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant is our first look at the Future Vertical Lift project that will enter US Army service in the 2030s(Credit: Sikorsky/Boeing)



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      Sikorsky and Boeing have been working on this high-speed, long-range, ultra-maneuverable military helicopter design for some time, and now they've released the first photos of what is expected to become a highly effective US Army utility helicopter sometime in the 2030s.

      The SB>1 Defiant is a joint multi-role medium-class Future Vertical Lift technology demonstrator built around Sikorsky's X2 platform, which uses two counter-rotating rigid blades on the top of the aircraft to eliminate the retreating blade stall problem that puts a ~150 mph (~240 kmh) speed limit on helicopters with a single top rotor.
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      https://newatlas.com/sb-1-defiant-si...icopter/57803/
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        The Speeder: Jetpack Aviation opens pre-orders on jet powered flying motorcycle

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        Jetpack Aviation is taking orders now on its US$380,000 jet turbine-powered flying motorcycl;e

        Jetpack Aviation is taking orders now on its US$380,000 jet turbine-powered flying motorcycl;e(Credit: Jetpack Aviation)
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        Jetpack Aviation has leap-frogged its own flying car project with the announcement that it's taking pre-orders now on a self-stabilizing, jet turbine-powered flying motorcycle capable of 150 mph speeds, 20 minute endurance and 15,000 ft altitudes.
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        https://newatlas.com/flying-motorcyc...speeder/58752/
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          Opener launches BlackFly fixed-wing VTOL flying car that doesn't require a license

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          BlckFly is a single-seater electric VTOL aircraft

          BlackFly is a single-seater electric VTOL aircraft(Credit: Opener)
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          Canadian-based aviation firm Opener Inc. has unveiled its new BlackFly single-seater aircraft, which it bills as a Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) and the world's first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. The fully-amphibious drop-shaped flyer with fore and aft wings sporting eight electric motors has a range of 25 mi (40 km) and a top speed of 62 mph (100 km/h).
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          https://newatlas.com/blackfly-vtol-aircraft/55445/
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            Has been mentioned in other threads and posts, I know, still, ...

            Machine gun-toting drone threatens to change combat forever

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            Drones with guns are coming

            Drones with guns are coming(Credit: Duke Robotics)
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            In 2015, a video showing a semi-automatic handgun being fired from a custom-built drone went viral, raising concerns for authorities, including the FAA. The development of such a DIY device was only a matter of time, as was the commercialization of the technology. Now Florida-based startup Duke Robotics has unveiled the TIKAD, a custom-built multirotor that can carry and fire various military weapons, including semi-automatic rifles and grenade launchers.
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            https://newatlas.com/tikad-gun-totin...ilitary/50946/
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            • #7
              Pan Am ~ The Chosen Instrument*

              Few today, nearly a century after the Start, know of, or appreciate, one of the key personages and business enterprises which would have fundamental impact upon the shape of our present world. I'm referring to Juan Trippe and the eventual international airline he founded, known as Pan American Airways or more commonly; Pan AM.

              Trippe epitomizes the ultimate expression of the Free Enterprise ~ 'Capitalism' and Individualism that the American(USA) Dream was meant to allow and express. His vision was to ultimately make possible affordable global air travel to the "common person" and in so doing help unit and harmonize the relations between nations. His applications of hard tack business principles of Profitability, combined with Dependability in Service, Safety, and Affordability to the Consumers, would serve as the model and goal posts an most other airlines seeking to compete and be successful.

              One of Trippe's distinct business practices was to place the best aircraft makers of the day in competition to each other in making the best aircraft design to meet the ever expanding specifications of range, payload and affordable costs of operation his growing venture~airline required. Not only was he a driving force in improving aircraft transport design and performance during the 1920s- thru the next several decades, but standards of performance and safety for his ever distant traveling airline(s) would also pioneer the essentials of weather forecast, radio communication and navigation, airway charting/standardization, his air travel business enterprise would also be a key element of growing aircraft design and capabilities and the expanding contacts with other nations where his air routes would seek to reach, often made Pan Am a more effective foreign "diplomat" than the USA State Dept.

              The anecdote goes, that in the 1930-40s~+; if you had "troubles" in Latin America, the local Pan am office might be better at helping you get a 'resolution' than the local USA embassy/consulate.

              For most of the early to mid 20th century, much of aviation transport development and history is embodied in the growth and reach of Pan Am airways and the vision and enterprise of Juan Trippe. Trippe, via Pan Am had the knack and ability to place the leading aircraft makers against each other to constantly expand upon aircraft designs that raised the ability to carry more, further, and at affordable(if not decreasing) costs to make air transport/travel more possible and affordable to more of the globe.

              Perhaps they should have been known as Pan Earth/Globe/Gia ???

              In the posts to follow over the next several days, I'll flesh out this concept/topic and provide a body of links and data to expound.
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