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Old 05-09-2010, 02:46 PM
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Hope I'm in the right place.
I lurk here quite a bit, unfortunately I don't post much - gotta change that!!

This was posted on another site in response to 'Airplane Pictures'.

Is it real? If so what the heck is it, and where could I possibly get plans? Seen some strange stuff over the years, but this one is weird!!

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Old 05-09-2010, 03:02 PM
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Where you get the pic from?
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:30 PM
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It's a site called Smartest Computing.us There is a weekly photo expose', the one voted best pic last week gets to pick the topic for this week. The actual topic was 'Any airplanes, old, new or in between.' And, this contraption showed up. It looks as if the propeller warps the slightest bit - the nose may be a bit shorter.
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Old 05-09-2010, 04:40 PM
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Can't tell if it's a replica or even a large model but the original was a real plane. As I recall it was pre-WW II and made by one of the more well known Italian manufacturers. It was in my WW II aircraft spotter's handbook that I had as a kid. Been a while though.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:52 PM
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It was called the Stipa and it is italian. That is a modern replica that has flown and I seen some vidio somewhere.

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Old 05-09-2010, 08:56 PM
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Here is a link on some of the history:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luigi_Stipa
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Old 05-09-2010, 10:12 PM
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Thank ya'all for the info. It seems that it would make quite an eye catcher... After reading the provided bit on Mr. Stipa, I believe he should have been credited with some form of recognition for the jet era, albeit a strange looking little jug thing with a big intake and a small outlet (jet??).....
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Really no advantage to it. The only reason you would want to put a prop in a duct and power it with an IC engine would be to slow the flow down to avoid compressibility issues ... and you would need possibly an impossible amount of power to get there.

The real pioneer of early jets was Henri Coanda who although I don't think he invented what became known as the "thermojet" created the first example of one. Fortunately he survived the brief flight and subsequent crash of his 1910 biplane which used an engine of this type.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYqr2h_xQRk

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Old 10-08-2010, 04:12 PM
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I have seen an aircraft vertually the same and it flew.Built back in the 50s.Don't know if that one flys or not.Or was it all to eliminate right rudder on Take-off
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