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What engine/aircraft is this?

Old 24th Nov 2021, 21:50
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What engine/aircraft is this?

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/...news-1.4737617

I'm not an expert by any measure, and am quite amenable to being shamed by the response, but the engine in the picture accompanying this article looked odd to me. Can anyone Pos ID it and the aircraft it was fitted to?

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Old 24th Nov 2021, 22:41
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Donier VTOL
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Old 24th Nov 2021, 23:56
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To get that ID is just amazing. Must be a very rare aircraft.I just checked, they made three prototypes.

Here is a link to a higher quality photo on the paper's web site

https://www.irishtimes.com/polopoly_...mage/image.jpg
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 07:24
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Extra points for the smaller aircraft nestling under its wing.
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 07:53
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Kamov KA-26

https://www.deutsches-museum.de/asse...f9bfa9ec36.jpg
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 08:14
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I can't see anything resembling a Kamov in the original photo.

Here's a better photo showing slightly more of the aircraft in question, with a bit of a clue: https://p1.piqsels.com/preview/919/4...erformance.jpg

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Old 25th Nov 2021, 10:21
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Is it the VAK 191?
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 13:08
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Go to the top of the class!

Both are in the Flugwerft Schleissheim:



Note the somewhat optimistic "Remove before Flight" streamer hanging from the Do31.
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 13:19
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Visited Oberpfaffenhofen (where the F?) about 35 years ago and recall several of Dornier's experimental aircraft on display outside - one was certainly a Do-31, not sure what else there was (one of the ex-Spanish SAR Do-24 flying boats rings a teeny bell)...

Edit: I see the Dornier display items are now at Oberschleissheim which opened a few years after my visit - pity, must go back some time!
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 13:38
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There is another one outside the Dornier museum at Friedrichshafen airport. The Deutsches Museum has an interesting film of this really quite large aircraft being tested. A very advanced concept for the mid sixties, I was left with the impression that not many people would want to fly one without a very capable ejection seat, whether the system fitted was zero height, zero speed would be interesting to know.
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