Take a look at the jet fighter design submitted by
Lorry Burchett of Detroit, Michigan, and see if it looks somewhat familiar to you. Except for the horizontal
stabilizer spanning between the twin tail booms, it reminds me a lot of Scaled Composite's ("Scaled")
SpaceShipOne. This and two other 'futuristic' aircraft designs were part of a run
by Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men in 1954. The chosen three are nothing like each other.
First prize was awarded $50, which in 2014 is the equivalent of $434.79 (per the
U.S. BLS Inflation Calculator). Scaled founder Burt Rutan, the man who single-handedly
popularized canard configurations, was a model airplane builder during his youth. If I wasn't me, I'd
want to be Burt Rutan.
"ATH" Airmen of Vision Aircraft Design Competition
Rules governing this competition are as follows: Three-view sketches of envisioned aircraft will
be required. These should be not less than 8 1/2 x 11 inches for the entire three views. Give sketches
of complete airplane or space craft in three-quarter front and rear positions. Photos of a model of
proposed design may be included. Information on powerplant (s), estimated performance, dimensions, and
explanations of any unusual features are required. Data as to age, occupation or schooling of the entrant
will be welcomed. The design may be of any type; space craft, commercial, military planes (fighters,
bombers, troop transports), planes for private flyer and sporting or racing airplanes. Entry each month
judged most practical or of greatest significance will receive $50; $25 for second place and $10 for
third. Mail entries to Airmen of Vision, c/o Air Trails Hobbies for Young Men, 304 E. 45th St., New
York 17, N. Y. The editors regret they cannot enter into any correspondence on submissions.
Lightweight, carrier-borne reconnaissance fighter by Giorgio Barilari of Brescia, Italy. Powered
by two turboprop engines driving two contrarotating propellers each delivering a total of around 3500
hp, plus additional thrust from turbine exhaust, This plane weighs only 6000 lbs. when fully loaded
and is capable of more than 450 mph.
Rocket-turbojet interceptor by Tech. Sgt. William R. Kneller. Craft can take-off and land vertically
using two-stage rockets, or by dropping one fin become a conventional aircraft. 10,500 lb. thrust turbojet
is used in flight. Pilot is in prone position.
Jet fighter by Lorry Burchett of Detroit, Michigan. An unusual design featuring a pentagon wing planform.
Lateral control is achieved by spoilers. It is powered by a 10,000 lb. thrust turbojet engine and is
capable of 720 mph. Armament consists of four 20-mm cannon.
Courtesy of Scaled Composites, LLC
Posted March 15, 2014