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And for those of us not into 70 years of being a nut ... 40 years + reference library + a job years while at Uni watching hundreds of hours of film and building an index to the archive - getting paid

Seventy plus years of being an aeroplane nut helps! Memory goes back to seeing the Bristol Brabazon fly over Edinburgh. Add to that a bookshelf full of reference books and you have your answer!

Yes, Googles algorithms find virtually everything that has ever been posted for public display. And I've spent 20 yrs fine-tuning my internet searching abilities.   As a little thread drift

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His  1909  version certainly has inspired some aspects  of this design .  Something like this with a VW motor featured prominently in "Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines",  but the tailfeathers and materials used are very different. Nev

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The WG33 project was an attempt to capitalise on the basic concept to provide a two-seat light observation helicopter for military and civil use, without the need for a skilled
pilot. This followed a survey which suggested that larger, conventional helicopters often flew with only two persons on board, and there was a demand for a much simpler aircraft that could be produced in quantity at low cost.
By using a coaxial contra-rotating rotor, fly-by-wire controls, and an automatic flight control system, with the structure built around a central spine and a very light woven-fibre outer shell, the design team drew up a helicopter much smaller and quieter than conventional two-seat designs. The target price was under £30,000.

Mock up now lives in 'The Helicopter Museum'   In the pic the cream colored remote drone, the WG.25 to its left is what it was derived from.

BAPC-153 Westland WG-33 model @ The Helicopter Museum, Weston-Super-Mare on 27.7.11

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Aerotechnik WG.22 mockup from 1975 a two seat development after successful testing of the single-seat WGM 21 prototypes from 1968, an effort to make easy to fly helicopters. Essentially a Quad Copter with 4 two blade rotors ..pre electric and way before the name and 'toy' drones became popular

On display at the Hubschraubermuseum Bückeburg (Bückeburg Helicopter Museum) Germany 

 

 

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The Tarrant Tabor. It crashed, with fatalities, on its first flight.

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From Wikipedia:

 

The Tabor, with two pilots and five passengers was taxied around the landing field using only the four lower engines. Satisfied with the behaviour of the aircraft the crew decided to take-off. The tail was off the ground but it was still running on the main wheels, intermittently lifting off. When the top two engines were started the aircraft pitched forward, burying the nose into the ground and seriously injuring all on board. The second pilot died after reaching hospital and the pilot died of his injuries a few days later.

 

Later analysis suggested that the upper engines were so far above the fuselage that they forced the nose down when driven up to full power. The situation may not have been helped by the addition of 1,000 lb of lead ballast in the nose against the wishes of Tarrant.

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The mass up there would make "Braking" interesting as well, let alone the lead weight in the front. Doomed before it ever moved.  Nev

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