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Unformatted text preview: 1 By: Tim Daultry 04/18/2008 From the Wright brother’s first aircraft, to the 747's of today each success in aviation technology has lead to more powerful ideas about just what an airplane is. From ultrasonic fighter jets to single engine prop planes airplanes have been used for thousands of different jobs. However, many airplanes are limited in their capacity to take off and land. Most planes must have ample runway in order to build up enough speed and lift to take flight. This is a serious limitation that aviators have been trying to overcome for many years now. Thus came the V/STOL (vertical/short take off and landing) aircraft label. This classification includes airplanes that can take off vertically, or on a relatively short length of runway. This vertical lift is achieved through many different methods, and can be applied to almost all types of aircrafts, from personal aircrafts, to cargo planes, even to fighter jets. Most commonly the methods used to create powered lift aircrafts include lift fans, thrust or exhaust vectoring, augmentor wing technology, externally blown flaps, upper surface blowing, and tilt rotors. It is apparent that the idea of a personal vehicle that is able to take off and fly through the air with ease has always been a staple of ideas about the future. The 1960's cartoon “The Jetsons” features Mr. Jetson hopping into his car and simply floating into the sky before flying off to work. While it has been forty years since this cartoon was created the idea it presented has been featured in almost every single science fiction movie that deals with the future (and some that deal with ‘a long time ago in a galaxy far far away’). This idea is as old as the automobile itself. Henry Ford, chairman of Ford Motor Company 1940 said “Mark my word. A combination of airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” (Moller) The day when someone can look up and see a highway in the sky may be a few years off, but the idea is being...
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