Re: Rutan Flyover
The marketing team at Raytheon along with their omnipotent lawyers killed the airplane.
Burt designed a 400 KT dart that had long legs and a purty figger. The marketing department turned her into a slug with short legs and lots of vortex generators. You see, marketing wanted an all-weather aircraft before weeping wing technology existed so they had to add boots to the wings and canard. This detached flow, so they had to add vortex generators everywhere.
They also wanted flaps. This precipitated the mechanical linkages to sweep the canard forward during landing to keep the center of lift where it needs to be.
When they were through, the airplane had gained a ton of weight limiting it’s payload and range, and slowing it by 100 (!) knots.. The Piaggio P180 that was designed to be it’s competition all of a sudden was a much better choice. Since Raytheon is not a state owned multinational, it could not continue to sell and support a loser.
Direct from the horse’s mouth, Burt Rutan hissef.
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And why was there aluminum mesh in the carbon?
From: Bulent Aliev
Cc: canard Aviators
Sent: Tue, Aug 9, 2011 6:53 am
Subject: Re: [c-a] Rutan Flyover [html][heur][bcc][faked-from][mx]
Friend of mine used to work at Raytheon service facility. They did the repairs and maintenance on the starships.
Remember him talking that the aluminum mesh imbedded in the carbon fiber was a constant corrosion problem. Difficult and expensive repair.
On Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 10:44 PM, David Froble <davef@...> wrote:
S. Ramirez wrote: