convertiplane


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convertiplane:

see vertical takeoff and landing aircraftvertical takeoff and landing aircraft
(VTOL), craft capable of rising and descending vertically from and to the ground, thus requiring no runway. While a balloon or an airship has obvious VTOL capability, both are very inefficient at moving parallel to the earth's surface.
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convertiplane

[kən′vərd·ə‚plān]
(aerospace engineering)
A hybrid form of heavier-than-air craft capable, because of one or more horizontal rotors or units acting as rotors, of taking off, hovering, and landing in a fashion similar to a helicopter; and once aloft and moving forward, capable, by means of a mechanical conversion, of flying purely as a fixed-wing aircraft, especially in higher speed ranges.
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convertiplane

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