Boe­ing ($17 mil­lion)

Air & Space Smithsonian - - In The Museum -

Boe­ing re­lied on its Phan­tom Works rapid pro­to­typ­ing fa­cil­ity to come up with its en­try, Phan­tom Swift. The fuse­lage, roughly 44 feet long and 7.5 feet wide and shaped some­thing like a surf­board, houses two large ducted fans, one fore and one aft of its cen­ter­point, and one smaller, swivel­ing ducted fan on each wingtip (Boe­ing de­clined to re­veal the di­am­e­ters of the fans). Pro­ject di­rec­tor Brian Rit­ter says the con­fig­u­ra­tion echoes a Wheel of Mis­for­tune air­craft called the Doak Model 16 VZ-4, an es­sen­tially con­ven­tional air­craft that also had swivel­ing ducted fans on its wingtips. “We re­fer to them as wingtip thrusters and body lift fans,” Rit­ter

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