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The WASP was actually built. Didn't work worth a damn

August 7 2012 at 9:37 AM
EDWMatt  (Login EDWMatt)
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Response to And what happened to the flying platform on page 26?

We actually tested it in the Army in the early '80's. It was some General in TACOM's dream that they'd carry it in the back of the truck and some GI would get in it and fly around and do recon.
The vehicle used weight shift and thrust deflection for control and was very difficult to fly. My friend, a 7000+ hour Army Aviator and trained test pilot, found it to be almost uncontrollable without heroic skill. There is a hilarious video of him trying to learn to fly it while suspended from a crane, where he falls of it numerous times. There was no way some minimally trained GI would be able to fly it.
It was powered by a Williams cruise missile engine situated between the pilot's legs. My friend said he was always concerned about certain parts of his anatomy if there was an uncontained turbine failure!
Being a direct jet lift vehicle, it was very inefficient and very sensitive to air temperature. At temperatures above 80 deg. F, it had an endurance of less than 10 minutes.
We called it the "Flying Trash Can". We actually built a mock-up as a joke for my test pilot friend out of a garbage can with some broomsticks for control levers, etc.
Some guy who used to work for Williams wrote a book trying to refute our test report, saying the WASP was a fantastic piece of technology, but the truth is it was a piece of something else...

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