Mechanically Coupled Lift Fan Propulsion and Control for Multimission V/STOL Aircraft 751100
A two-engine, three-fan V/STOL airplane was designed to fulfill naval operational missions. Use of interconnected variable pitch fans led to a good balance between the requirements for high thrust and responsive control at low speed, and efficient thrust at cruise speeds. Engine-out requirements, integration of propulsion and aerodynamic controls, and the propulsion installation were the major factors influencing the configuration. An airplane with a multimission capability from both vertical and short takeoff was conceived.