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    Default Going airborne?

    Probably all of us have gone airborne at some time, maybe intentionally, maybe not.

    But.....how about actually taking off and flying?

    The idea of flight-on-a-bike is getting MUCH closer to reality:


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    Oh gods, I bet the FAA can't "wait" for those to pop up.
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    I don't wish to fly anything with the glide ratio of a cannon ball when the engine quits. LOL
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    I went Airborne once....Only lasted four years.
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    The glide ratio of a chrome plated cast iron sewer lid, like 0 to 1 vertical glide ratio as we say. Because it is under 254 pounds it is light enough be considered an ultralight, the only thing is the top speed is way over the max for ultralights. Yeah the FAA would crap them self over this one because of the speed. 4 turbojets, those things are very very thirsty and use hordes of fuel. Based on that and the cost of a reliable turbojet I don't think it will go anywhere. I bet it cant carry enough fuel to stay aloft for 15 minutes, fuel is heavy 30 gallons weighs over 200 pounds.

    I bet the first type of flying machine like this that becomes popular will be based on drone tech. Something like 8 motors where only four run at a time, the extra 4 being redundant. With 3 flight computers in a setup where they all agree or it goes in a basic safe backup mode and lands. A lot like the return home upon low battery or minor problem function while avoiding obstacles that advanced drones currently have. If something like that was well proven I would ride it. It would be like your own personal helicopter.
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    Unless the aircraft has a better engine off glide ratio than my bare fat ass, I ain't interested in flying in it. heh
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    We took evasive maneuvers in a Boeing 707 (RC-135 recon) back in '85, we were being chased by MIG-23's out of Sidra back in Qaddafi's line of death days (we were well inside). It was right after TWA Flight 847. We thought one had fired on the target (us). Dropped chaff, gear down, flaps down, engines to idle. It was around feeding time, food and drink hit the ceiling and stayed there. I thought the wings would break off when pulling up, plane was shuddering. It was already a 35 year old plane by then. Cleaned out our flight suits and carried on... I don't like flying at all anymore. OK sorry for the 'near' war story but it triggered my memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baatfam View Post
    I went Airborne once....Only lasted four years.
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    I'd fly/ride it in a second! I've been dreaming of some kind of Air Cycle since I was a kid. 👍
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