Sunday, 21 March 2010
The vehicle in this video was nicknamed "The Flying Pulpit". It is a small, light-weight Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) system. It is powered by a modified Williams F107 turbofan aircraft engine. It can be be operated by and carry one person and is controlled by leaning in the direction of desired travel and adjusting the power. It can move in any direction, hover, accelerate rapidly, and rotate. It can fly for up to 45 minutes and travel at speeds up to 60 miles per hour (100 km/h).
Its difficult to ascertain if this revolutionary flying platform ever succeeded into industrial production, details of its existence are sketchy and the US defense department documents it as an historical object !
Thus this video appears to have been handi-cam captured from a video monitor in a video exhibition at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.
I'm left pondering why this cool flying Segway is being neglected ?