Cornu Helicopter: Paul et Antoinette

Cornu Helicopter: Paul et Antoinette

The Cornu is the first aircraft capable of free vertical flight.Designed and built by bicycle-maker (another one!!) Paul Cornu,the tandem contra-rotating rotors “Flying Bicycle” archieved -barely- that historical flight in 1907.
After some more hops and trials Cornu came to the conclusion that his designs suffered serious control problems and that linked with his lack of funds ended his contribution to aviation.
In this photo Paul Cornu and the Helicopter Antoinette engine up close and personal.

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Tupolev Tu-119: Enough Madness.

Tupolev Tu-119: Enough Madness.

As the Americans, the Russians were taken by the nuclear fever of the 50’s.All could be nuclear powered back then,submarines,ships,cars….and yeah, aircrafts too.
The first Russian step was a Tupolev Tu-95 (LAL) equiped with a nuclear reactor (funtional, but that did not power the plane) used to test reactor operation and crew radiation hazards. The positive results of that test program encouraged the Tupolev bureau to propose the “logical” next step: The Tu-119,a test aircraft powered by 2 Kuznetsov “direct(dirty)-cycle” nuclear turboprops.
In this drawing we can see the basic construction details of the Tu-119,a reactor in the fuselage (as in the 95LAL) conected to the 2 inner “dirty-cycle” NK-14As.
The project came to nothing -gladly,I guess-,because the lost of interest in the matter by the ethernal enemy,radiation risks,and the wondrous costs.

Convair Super Hustler: Going in Circles.

Convair Super Hustler: Going in Circles.

A Convair proposal to the USAF for a high performance parasite (or ground launched) bomber-recon aircraft. This Super Hustler study( there were others) was composed of two parts: a manned one at the front with a ramjet engine and a rear winged booster (bomb-equiped in the bomber version) powered by two ramjets.Ironically the Super Hustler’s proposed mothership was the Convair Hustler, an evolution of a very similar parasite bomber concept.
This project derived into the even more complex and secret FISH.

L.F.G. Roland D.II ” Haifisch”: Not only Fokker and Albatros

L.F.G Roland D.II

The Haifisch was built using a formula similar to the used with the successful Roland C.II. The tipical German construction ways and very sharky lines (Haifisch=Shark) are evident in this fast a sturdy fighter.The Roland D.II and IIa weren’t nevertheless too loved by their crews due to the heaviness of their controls….something that you don’t definitelly want on a fighter.