January 12, 2014

What?...What is This?

Why it's the 21st century!


We Have a Delivery for a Doctor...Quest?

Via NBF. It looks like a company called Advanced Tactics has developed a flying, off road capable van. It looks utterly impractical, but note that unlike earlier attempts at this sort of thing, the AT Transformer is actually van/truck sized with the rotors retracted and takes off vertically. Thus, it is at least in theory much more practical than the roadable airplanes that crop up from time to time.

 

I don't know if it would be robust enough for battlefield use, particularly in a world full of IEDs,  It looks like it ought to be inherently fragile since it has to be light enough to fly. Still, mobility and versatility do trump protection in some situations, and while this is unlikely to do flying or driving very well, the ability to do both may well have some niche utility,  I could see this thing possibly being useful in a civilian capacity Alaska or Canada.

Ignoring the road feature, this vehicles landing footprint and stowed size are tiny compared to most naval helicopters, (the SH 60 Seahawk is 40'x10feet...folded) so this may have some maritime potential giving very small ships the ability to operate a utility helicopter with a useful load.


More importantly....14 years into the 21st century...we finally have a flying car.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 10:52 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Interestingly, the engines are not numbered, but named:  Dasher, Dancer Prancer, Vixen....

It probably has the advantage over an Osprey if it loses an engine.

Posted by: Mauser at Mon Jan 13 00:08:20 2014 (TJ7ih)

2 I could see fire departments wanting to own at least one, to be equipped as ambulances for urgent cases in places where medevac helicopters could not land.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Mon Jan 13 01:02:37 2014 (+rSRq)

3 I have trouble seeing past "8 chances for things to break"

Posted by: Doug O at Mon Jan 13 02:49:51 2014 (aSh73)

4 Molt Taylor, Call your office.

Posted by: Mauser at Mon Jan 13 06:52:32 2014 (TJ7ih)

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