Aurora LightiningStrike Wins Darpa VTOL X-Plane Competition

Credit: Aurora Flight Sciences
Combining vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) with fast forward flight is challenging. Dozens of concepts have flown over the decades, but only a handful entered service. Now another call to deliver both hover and speed has prompted an unconventional answer. The winner of Darpa’s VTOL X-Plane (VXP)...
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