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13th Jul '17 5:32:58 AM Smeagol17
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What you need is a futurecopter. These machines come in a variety of sizes, ranging from dinky sized models about the size of an RC toy, a one-man unit (with optional handholds on the sides for external passengers), through unmanned autonomous versions (best steer well clear of these) the size of a Hummer, right up to beasts the size of a civil cruiser capable of transporting dozens of fully armed troops complete with an airlifted AwesomePersonnelCarrier or a CoolTank. Size and operation aside, what they almost invariably have is ducted fans (one each side of the fuselage, and usually independently tiltable) for lift and thrust, a V-tail and stubby, vestigial wings with an assortment of guns, missiles and bombs, if there were any wings at all. And, in compliance to the all-powerful RuleOfCool, you can expect the aircraft to be as fast as a jet, as slick as a helicopter and as armed as a fighter-bomber. The pilot, if present, is invariably right up front in what looks like a conventional helicopter gunship cockpit.

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What you need is a futurecopter. These machines come in a variety of sizes, ranging from dinky sized models about the size of an RC toy, a one-man unit (with optional handholds on the sides for external passengers), through unmanned autonomous versions (best steer well clear of these) the size of a Hummer, right up to beasts the size of a civil cruiser capable of transporting dozens of fully armed troops complete with an airlifted AwesomePersonnelCarrier or a CoolTank. Size and operation aside, what they almost invariably have is ducted fans (one on each side of the fuselage, and usually independently tiltable) for lift and thrust, a V-tail and stubby, vestigial wings with an assortment of guns, missiles and bombs, if there were any wings at all. And, in compliance to the all-powerful RuleOfCool, you can expect the aircraft to be as fast as a jet, as slick as a helicopter and as armed as a fighter-bomber. The pilot, if present, is invariably right up front in what looks like a conventional helicopter gunship cockpit.
6th Jun '17 7:05:01 PM ElSquibbonator
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You're in an unspecified future, and you need an aircraft capable of short or vertical takeoffs. Helicopters are ''so'' 20th century: they can't do all that fancy supercruising and barrel rolls that jets can do and they (probably) can't survive being dropped from orbit because well, hey, you might just need to be dropped from orbit. So you don't want a helicopter, but you also don't want anything as conventional looking as a jump-jet, either.

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You're in an unspecified future, and you need an aircraft capable of short or vertical takeoffs. Helicopters are ''so'' 20th century: they can't do all that fancy supercruising and barrel rolls that jets can do and they (probably) can't survive being dropped from orbit because well, hey, you might just need to be dropped from orbit. So you don't want a helicopter, but you also don't want anything as conventional looking as a jump-jet, VTOL airplane, either.
31st May '17 2:19:37 PM AFP
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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' had the Inter Solar System Cargo Vessel (ISSCV), a drop ship which functioned on the show as a combination between a shuttle and a helicopter, using tilting thrusters on the wings to switch between VTOL and horizontal flight. The ISSCV was also modular, being able to switch out between different setups specialized for cargo, passengers, gunships, etc. Also, the modules could be attached or detached on the fly, allowing a ISSCV to drop off a module filled with cargo or personnel and take off to points elsewhere, while the Marines could use the module as a command post or bunker.
4th May '17 5:33:51 PM tkzv
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* ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories frequently mention similar craft as "cars", but their descriptions tend to be sketchy. ''A Gift from Earth'' mentions that Plateau cars have four fans and only the upper caste is allowed to drive cars. To add some confusion, stories set later (e.g ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'') use the word "car" for anti-gravity craft.
26th Feb '17 11:34:33 AM Dwoem
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* Several different versions (from supersonic gunships to massive transports) are seen in ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' series, often piloted by the protagonist's LoveInterest, ColonelBadass Lizard Tirelli.
* The ''Literature/FormicWars'' novels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose -- extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].
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* Several different versions (from supersonic gunships to massive transports) are seen in ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' series, often piloted by the protagonist's LoveInterest, ColonelBadass Lizard Tirelli.
* The ''Literature/FormicWars'' novels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose -- extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].
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24th Feb '17 8:40:08 PM ElSquibbonator
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There are currently no production manned aircraft that look anything like this, for sound aerodynamic and engineering reasons which are unrelated to the RuleOfCool. They are being developed, however, and at the time of writing (2011) probably the nearest to production is the Urban Aeronautics Airmule. One might, with some imagination, consider existing tilt-rotor aircraft like the V-22 Osprey to be a very primitive version of this idea, although its rotors/propellers are firmly locked together and very much not ducted, and it has big, conventional wings. Some of the contenders for the [[YanksWithTanks US Army's]] Future Vertical Lift program have taken [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piasecki_X-49 tentative]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_V-280_Valor steps]] [[http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/rotorhub/quada2012-avx-team-moves-towards-flight-tests/ toward]] the idea.

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There are currently no production manned aircraft that look anything like this, this. The probable TropeMaker, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_X-22 Bell X-22]], was a purely experimental aircraft not intended for sound aerodynamic and engineering reasons which are unrelated to the RuleOfCool. They mass production. More are being developed, however, and at the time of writing (2011) (2017) probably the nearest to production is the Urban Aeronautics Airmule. One might, with some imagination, consider existing tilt-rotor aircraft like the V-22 Osprey to be a very primitive version of this idea, although its rotors/propellers are firmly locked together and very much not ducted, and it has big, conventional wings. Some of the contenders for the [[YanksWithTanks US Army's]] Future Vertical Lift program have taken [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piasecki_X-49 tentative]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_V-280_Valor steps]] [[http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/rotorhub/quada2012-avx-team-moves-towards-flight-tests/ toward]] the idea. \n

24th Feb '17 8:36:04 PM ElSquibbonator
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* The X-22, one of the first experimental VTOL designs, featured four large duct-ed rotating propellers for flight, much like in Avatar. Oddly though the aircraft was just suppose to test VTOL flight characteristics, the military never expected to use the duct-ed fans on actual military craft.

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* The X-22, one of the first experimental VTOL designs, featured four large duct-ed rotating propellers for flight, much like in Avatar. flight. Since the X-22 pre-dates most of the film and TV examples mentioned above, it may well be the TropeMaker. Oddly though the aircraft was just suppose to test VTOL flight characteristics, the military never expected to use the duct-ed ducted fans on actual military craft.operational vehicles.
20th Feb '17 10:33:54 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' introduces the Sparrowhawk, which is armed with two autocannons and a Spartan Laser, and the Vulture, a heavy gunship suspended by ducted fans that's armed with four autocannons and an insane amount of missiles.

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** ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' introduces the Sparrowhawk, which is armed with two autocannons and a Spartan Laser, and the Vulture, a heavy gunship suspended by ducted fans that's armed with four autocannons and an insane amount of missiles. ''VideoGame/HaloWars2'' introduces the Condor Gunship, an improvised variant of the Condor transport equipped with a mini-Magnetic Accelerator Cannon and multiple pulse laser turrets.
14th Sep '16 12:32:48 AM PaulA
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* The ''Literature/EndersGame'' prequels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose - extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].

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* The ''Literature/EndersGame'' prequels ''Literature/FormicWars'' novels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose - -- extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].
29th Aug '16 4:56:57 AM ChronoLegion
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* The ''Literature/EndersGame'' prequels feature a mix between this and a HoverTank. The new vehicles developed by [[MegaCorp Jukes, Ltd.]], use ArtificialGravity as their primary means of propulsion (by projecting a "gravity lens" above the craft, thus keeping it aloft). However, as backup, they include deployable rotors. Two of these are developed for and purchased by the New Zealand SAS. A certain Lieutenant [[FutureBadass Mazer Rackham]] pilots one of them. He mentions that the rotors are useless for the craft's primary purpose - extraction under fire. The craft is supposed to fly in low, almost grazing treetops, in order to minimize its radar signature, extend an arm, grab the ground vehicle in need of extraction, fly away, and transfer the crew and/or passengers aboard, all without getting shot down. However, given how low the craft is flying, the rotors would simply not have enough time to deploy in case of "gravity lens" failure. [[spoiler:This is proven true during the [[InsectoidAliens Formic]] invasion, resulting in Mazer being the only survivor of the crew]].
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