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Boeing-Bell XV-16A PLR VTOL by Bispro Boeing-Bell XV-16A PLR VTOL by Bispro
Contrary to popular belief, The V-22 Osprey is not the first joint effort by Bell and Boeing. In 1976, Boeing Vertol teamed up with Bell's Helicopter Division on a proposal for the Army's PLR (Power Lift Rotorcraft) program.

Designated XV-16A in the VTOL series, this clean-looking and able performer combined Boeing's experience with transport helicopters and Bell's expertise in VTOL, in this case capitalizing on the tilt-duct research that culminated in the highly successful X-22A prototype a decade before.

The PLR program was canceled despite a successful two-year evaluation phase because it was found that its advantages did not outweigh the 35% increase in costs from operating it instead of a conventional Chinook.

"Don't believe everything you read!"
© Stéphane Beaumort / AviaDesign 2010
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Randino1867 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That design probably makes more sense than the four unducted rotors they are actually looking at--especially from a cleaned-up speed standpoint. Nicely done (send a courtesy copy to Boeing!)
imachrismoose Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Meh, I honestly think the photoshop could have been better. I love the concept, though!
Bispro Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013

Thanks for being honest! ;) Glad you like the idea anyway...

To be quite frank I use an old version of Paint Shop Pro most of the time — Photoshop takes up too many system resources and is often too complicated for what I want to do. But this may change soon as I've just purchased a new computer...

SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012

Too bad it was canned; would've made a great gunship with the right modifications, methinks.

Also, how do its ducted fans rate for safety/reliability?

The Osprey has had a few troubles, from what I've heard, and it uses those huge tilt-rotors (or are they propellers?)
Bispro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Hi, thanks for stopping by.
The XV-16A is pure fiction!
I invented it using the fuselage of a Chinook and the ducts of the X-22A.
I guess I did a reasonably good job on this one if the image fooled you!
Plenty more imaginary aircraft in my "Aircraft" gallery, so please go check them out and leave a message if you like some of them!
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Wow, you got me good! XD
Bispro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
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