Dornier Do 31 E-1: Two “Harriers” under the wings + 8 more engines.

Designed to palliate the perceived vulnerability of the airfields in case of a total war.The Do 31E is so far the only vertical take-off (VTOL) jet transport that have ever reached flight status.
Equiped with two vectored-thrust RR Pegasus turbofans (the Harrier’s engine) and two huge wingtip pods with 4 RR RB162 lift jets each, the Do 31 first flew in 1967 and by 1969 it was so mature that it established a few FAI records…..what a constrast to nowadays snail’s pace programs.
Sadly the project was cancelled in 1970 due to its complexity,lack of range and payload.

The Germans hadn’t surely lost their touch.

 

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