Propulsion Systems for Supersonic V/STOL Aircraft

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W. J. Lewis

Rolls-Royce plc, Bristol, United Kingdom

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 112(2), 206-211 (Apr 01, 1990) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906163 History: Received February 21, 1989; Online April 24, 2008


A number of different powerplant systems have been and are being considered for supersonic V/STOL aircraft. Some of the main features of these different powerplants are described. As a result of studying the results of operation of successful and unsuccessful V/STOL aircraft in the powered lift condition, a number of real requirements for practical and flexible operation can be identified. These requirements may have a profound impact on the design and configuration of the powered lift powerplant. Some of these are discussed and conclusions reached.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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