To paraphrase Lockheed, circa 1978, 'The SR-71 project was so far ahead of it's time in 1966, that the first aircraft off the assembly line was given the serial number "2001" 'Hey, I know that second plane (AW 204)! That and the SR-71 were the coolest planes of my childhood. They look even cooler today.
I thought so. I don't know where I have seen this rendition for the first time, it may have been a picture book or a quartet card game. All I remember was that I was pretty little, maybe three or four years old. That was even before I fell in love with "Battlestar". I drooled over this picture. Just thinking, didn't they use the concept in "The 6th Day"?The second pic I posted was an artist's rendition of the AW 204, which was a helicopter, which stopped the rotors when at top speed, then continued with the rotors stopped in the "X" configuration. It was anticipated to reach subsonic in the "X" wing configuration. It uses the Coanda effect to create air foils out of compressed air from the leading and trailing edges of the rotor, out of slits running the full length of the blades. The project was stopped because of lack of funding, not technological feasibility.
To paraphrase Lockheed, circa 1978, 'The SR-71 project was so far ahead of it's time in 1966, that the first aircraft off the assembly line was given the serial number "2001" '
NASA could today tack one of the SR-71C airframes up and run a world record beating flight. 54 years in later, and still nothing flying that can beat it, "officially".
The X wing helos were ahead of their time, but will one day fly again.