Republic “Flying Crane”: Men and their toys (VIII).

From when vertical take-off and landing weren’t only a helicopter thing. Here we have a pretty neat Republic Aviation early 1960s VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) concept. Quite similar to the german Dornier Do 31, this “Flying Crane” used also  “Wilbaut” rotating nozzles on its two main engines, plus lift engines placed in the wingtip pods. Pretty neat the detachable fuselage pod for the projected 50 passengers / 20 tons of cargo.

Its german sibling:
https://elpoderdelasgalaxias.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/dornier-do-31-e-two-harriers-under-the-wings-8-more-engines/

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3 thoughts on “Republic “Flying Crane”: Men and their toys (VIII).

  1. Interesting story. Didn’t know they were working on the concept. My good friend’s uncle, Mr. Hildebrand, was lead on another unique Republic prototype, the Rainbow. Only one was built.

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