From: JTCHEW@lbl.gov (Ad absurdum per aspera) Date: 04 Jan 94 22:52:20 PST Organization: Honest Ernie's Used Ions Followups: 1 2
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Watching an MD-Eightysomething taxi by made me wonder: what happened to unducted fans? For a while there in the early 80s, it looked (to this layman) as though they were just a bit of R&D and one good marketing push away from taking over the world, or at least the part of the world whose engine nacelles are far enough off the ground. I seem to recall that somebody even bolted a prototype onto one side of a DC-9 and flew it around. But it never clicked. What gives? Thanks, Joe "Just another personal opinion from the People's Republic of Berkeley"