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.
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© Stéphane Beaumort / AviaDesign 2010
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...
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?)
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!