Tuesday, July 09, 2013

1/144 German experimental VTOL aircrafts 4-in 1 - Anigrand

1/144 German experimental VTOL aircrafts 4-in 1 - Anigrand


In late 1950's, the West Germany issued an requirement for the VTOL fighter, attack and transport aircrafts programme. The idea being that in case of Soviet attack, the VTOL would support dispersal of combat aircraft assets to small and easy concealed operation base. A renewed interest in STOL and VTOL aircraft led to a re-evaluation of Focke's concept, and Dornier was given a contract to develop Do.29 capable of demonstrating the tilting-propeller system. The concept was proved to be successful in flight testing. In 1959, Heinkel, Messerschmitt and Boelkow formed EWR to build the VTOL fighter aircraft, designated VJ-101. In 1962, follow up on the NATO requirement, the VTOL transport was issued. The Dornier began work on a demonstrator which was given the designation of Do.31. In 1963, German government decided to work on another ground-attack fighter, the VAK-191. When the high cost, technical difficulties were realised the Luftwaffe and NATO ceased trials involving VTOL aircrafts which resulted in the cancellation of these projects and further use of these aircrafts were limited to research purposes only.


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