KITE PLANE: AN ESSAY
Edward E. Rochon
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Kite Plane: An Essay
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Table of Contents
As part of my ongoing idea flying concepts to extend the limits of aviation and other technology, to enhance national defense while promoting the advancement of wisdom and the commonwealth, I present to you the Kite Plane concept.
Did you know that in the early days of flight research that in addition to balloons, gliders, human and engine powered flight by wings, aircraft propellers and jets that some men experimented with powered kites? It is true; check it out on the Internet. The kite is one of the more obvious flying inventions of man. We have the birds, bats and bugs. Do not forget the flying squirrels, fish and monkeys. I think we might still use this to modify our current inventory of aircraft to carry more weight at a greater fuel savings at the expense of altitude and speed. Check it out.
Chapter 1: Reinventing the Kite Plane
While musing on things to muse upon, it occurred to me that powered flight by kite would be suitable for low altitude, low speed and short take-off and landing craft. I checked to see if this had been attempted in the past. Sure enough, it had been attempted. Once again man reinvents the wheel. Then I thought in musing whether anyone had thought of modifying current aircraft with a kit to get more lift and fuel savings from them. Maybe not, just me. Anyway, I hate big airports, exposing myself to cosmic rays more than necessary, personal luggage restrictions (not to mention the annoying habit of losing what luggage is allowed), and the absence of the glorious panorama of observing the world from a distance at which the naked eye can see many things. I am not crazy about pressurized cabins and the smell of burned and unburned aviation fuel in port and craft. More lift capacity could also mean more spacious seating, lounges and snack bars. Longer trips reduce jet lag. If you take 12 hours instead of 4 to go cross continent, why not get a good night’s sleep or nap in spacious accommodations. The slower the time zones shift, the better the body adapts to it on top of the naps.
Let us not forget that shorter takeoff and landings mean more local airports can tap into large transports, alleviating cramming of passengers into major big city airports. This also expands economic horizons for companies in smaller cities for commerce that finds aircraft useful and economical.
Having said all that, here is my basic concept for planes and helicopters. We all know that large airfoil area helps lift things and move them along. The sailing ship moves along quicker with more sail. The big umbrella will drag the man along until it collapses inside out in the wind. We know about hang gliding too. The speed must not exceed the form tension of the sail or kite. We have stronger materials than in the past. We can gain some advantages from slower craft as I laid out above at the beginning of the chapter.
All operational aircraft have data stored in our modern CAD/CAM computer systems. We need to add sails or more properly kite surfaces to these craft. We create kits that are ideally constructable and removable without factory return. This way we get double use from the aircraft, their fast mode and slower kite mode. Engineers do research on what type of airfoil best suits any particular aircraft on the computer. The airfoils need not be fabric with framing but possibly solid if advisable. Models are made for the wind tunnel. We then use planes going out of service to test the concept for practicability, constructability, breakdown and wear and tear on the kite and plane attachment points and the airfoil itself.
OK, we obviously place the kite above the craft for takeoff and landing feasibility. We need strapping and bolt points that will allow the superstructure to handle the stress. Framework suspending the kite must be aerodynamic. Helicopters will be a particular problem in terms of attaching the kite, but helicopters already travel at slow speed, and that is an advantage. The kites will, however, allow the helicopters to lift more weight. And in their case may actually allow the helicopters to travel faster with more payload together.
If the kite is damaged in flight, it might be possible using explosive bolts, or releases, or pilots leaving the plane at low speeds to detach the kite in time for preventing a crash. Procedures could be developed beforehand to aid pilots to do this and to determine when it is and when it is not feasible.
As for the details of all this, I do not have the proper CAD/CAM or experience to do this myself. But someone who obtained a patent on this technology might make himself a penny or too. I would like to mention some possible uses other than those already mentioned above for this technology:
Ferrying combat aircraft to distant points without in air refueling
Reconnaissance over oceans for extended periods by antisubmarine patrols
Airborne radar deep within friendly territory for extended periods of time
Lifting heavy spacecraft to thinner atmosphere for rocket ignition
Opening up otherwise economically unsuitable areas for business
Local shuttle service by air in congested metropolises at reasonable rates
As mentioned by implication, heavy lift for construction in remote areas
Army, Marine and Air Force gunships with many observation ports and gun ports
Good luck in working on this concept aerodynamic engineers. Little miracles and cheap ass solutions can be as good or better than super high tech achievements to rival extraterrestrial hypothesized technology. Remember oilman, more and cheaper flights means more fuel to supply for more flights. Nobody need suffer in the long run or even the short run as the technology will phase in over time. Remember environmentalist, more efficient use of the same amount of fuel creates more money and resources for new and cleaner technology to keep air, water and soil cleaner. More power and more technology is the ultimate answer to keeping mankind prosperous and healthy. Can (as in shitcan) your abortion, euthanasia devilish nonsense, please. You will never become strong unless you heal your infirmities. Baby killers do not a wise man make. Tell that to that evil Greek crud, Aristotle. Good-bye one and all until next essay.
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Golden Age Essays III
Golden Age Essays IV
Golden Age Essays V
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A preface notes the intent and origin of the concept. Chapter 1 supposes that a frame, likely removable for double use as kite plane and standard plane, could be built to enhance lift and fuel economy at the expense of speed and altitude of current craft. Helicopters may actually fly faster with kite foils. Some musings on how better technology makes powered kites more feasible today than in the past. It proposes methods of development, suggests a number of military uses such as ferrying combat aircraft to distant places without in air refueling, antisubmarine long range and longtime reconnaissance, gunships, etc. It supposes that these craft will also help local economic development without harming the industry due to increased use of planes. These kite planes will be able to use short takeoff and landing capacity to use many small current airports for large air framed aircraft used today. We hope that the kites can be removed and put on by air support crews without returning planes to the factory, except for periodic upgrades and replacement of connection joints and comprehensive sign off on the viability of the air frame to withstand stress and thereby avoid break up in flight. We suggest emergency detachment of the kite frame when damaged, allowing the craft to continue in flight as a standard aircraft. Some comments about society, the environment and means of improving health, wealth and the environment for mankind.