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October 14, 2007 10:50 AM Subscribe
So You Think The V-22 Is Ridiculous?
posted by Skeptic (18 comments total)
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Let me present you its dumb brother
, the DuPont Aerospace DP-2
. (No relation to the chemical conglomerate).
Although successively panned in reviews by the US Navy in 1986, and DARPA in 1990, and shifted to the Office of Naval Research when DARPA uncharacteristically refused in 1997 to spend its allocated funds, the DP-2's protracted development has kept receiving Congressional earmarks for over twenty years, supported by Representatives Duncan Hunter (R.-Calif.)
and Dana Rohrabacher (R.-Calif.)
, as well as former Representative Christopher Cox (you guessed it...R.-Calif.)
, nowadays Chairman of the Securities Exchange Commission.
Hunter, in particular
, has steadfastedly defended the contraption, despite some slight
design flaws, like that of incinerating soldiers
. His support, however, may have less to do with the alleged ability of the concept than with the equally steadfast campaign funding
he has received from DuPont.
This month, however, the efforts of DuPont, Hunter, Cox and Rohrabacher have finally been rewarded with a first successful (tethered) hover
. It may however be too late