Saturday, January 08, 2011

VATOL F18



Scott Lowther discusses the VATOL (Vertical Attitude Take Off and Landing) concept. This one is new to me. VATOL planes would 'land' tail down, but were not tail sitters like the Pogo.  Instead, they would land belly-first on an vertical platform.  To facilitate this, the nose section would turn down (or is that sideways?) so the pilot could see where he (there were no shes at the time when these were proposed) was going.  Scott posted a few photos, including the one I posted.  I'm bet he'll find/post more on these things.