SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4417 times:
I have seen little axial-flow straight-pipe turbojets about the size of a large juice can. Don't recall the maker or the application. Some self-launching sailplanes have similar units.
The absolute smallest have to be the ones that were the subject of a magazine article back in the mid 1980's. I think it was Omni magazine. These were manufactured in a process rather like printed circuits or grown like crystals. They ran on natural gas and had only one moving part. They said they could produce a cluster with a million of these engines that would be about the size of a credit card.
Haven't seen any of those yet.
There are also fully throttleable turbojet engines, running on Jet-A for use in model airplanes. You can probably find a website for these.
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Skiordie From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4362 times:
I remember a jet powered version of the BD-5. I remembered it from the opening scene from a James Bond movie that he rolls out of a horse trailer and gets in to one of the famous opening chases the we get in each James Bond movie.
Elwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4356 times:
There's a micro-jet in James Bond: The Man with the Golden Gun (I believe it's that one) during the opening sequence. It's 9 feet long and has a 13 foot span, flies 300 mph, and its engine is the size of a large briefcase.
This aircraft actually exists and still flies today, doing stunt routines in Nevada. It has a crew of one and no passengers.
I have also seen nano-jets that are litterally the size of a pin-head. They are purely experimental at this point and are designed to power tiny aircraft that could fly unnoticed into open windows and spy on bad people, or to propell small craft that are to "swarm" with insects.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
Cazito From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4102 times:
Actually the James Bond movie with the microjet was 1983's Octopussy. 1974's The Man With The Golden Gun did have however a quite amazing plane: an American Motors, car I believe, that with added wings became a plane. I believe it wasn´t a stunt, and that the car could really fly. I wonder what happened to that!