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L Edge

Active member
Pushing the limit, I decided to test a dual 70mm's thrust vectoring nozzle plane to see how well thrust vectoring provides roll, pitch and yaw WITHOUT ANY MOVING SURFACEs on the plane. All controls are directed to the thrust vectoring nozzles.

2 nozzles up will produce pitch
1 nozzle down, other up, will produce roll
2 nozzles move to right or left togeather produce yaw

1) Need good thrust to release.
2) Thrust vectoring works in all 3 axis.
3) Prepare for damage when one of the EDF's stops in flight.

As pilot's will tell you, the ground god's get the plane sooner or later. How many can say they flew a plane without any moving surfaces on the plane?


L Edge

Active member
Let me give you the downside of this.

In order to have control, you must have airflow thru the nozzles for the landing. Hence, you have to come in with good forward speed real, real low, chop the throttle, and let it float in by itself. Whenever the airflow finally quits, you have no control!!!! What about if it quits in the air?


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I guess if you wanted to have no control surfaces at all, you could just fly it down to the ground and land at high speed, carrier landing style. Put some skid plates underneath it, chop throttle on touchdown, and prepare for a long slide.