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Hey, you know those things you often see in fictional war stories, with the propellor embedded in the wind facing upright? What're they called? Tiltrotors? --188.8.131.52 14:32, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
- I've seen them referred to as "fan wing", although the FanWing article is a different concept completely. Akradecki 15:54, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
I've added cleanup tags because I feel the author's got a chip on their shoulder and they're constantly comparing tiltrotors to helicopters and constantly telling us that helicopters are overall better. While it would perhaps be valid to have a "comparison with other V/STOL aircraft" section, it's inappropriate in the main segment - things like the second and third paragraphs are what's needed here - facts and description so we can get an idea of what a tiltrotor is; not comparison with other aircraft, and far less conclusions on these comparisons (again, at least not in the main body of the article). -- Scott Wilson 14:18, 26 Feb 2005 (UTC)
For the record, first woman to fly a tiltrotor was Jean Tinsley. Trekphiler 01:10, 12 December 2005 (UTC)
The external link removed by Mr. Wilson was to the only hour long documentary ever made on the history, evolution, technology and performance of tiltrotor aircraft. It contains interviews with experts ranging from the V-22 program manager to NASA X/V-15 test pilots and FAA certification and rulemaking authorities, some now-deceased. The link is no more an advert than those to Bell or Boeing, both commercial enterprises. The documentary was produced in 1987 during the height of the XV-15 program and is illustrated with footage of the X/V-3, X/V-15 and animations of the then as yet un-built V-22 Osprey. It even has images of possible future civil tiltrotor airliners. This is a historical reference not available in any other medium anywhere. I respectfully request you leave the external link intact.
Aerospacenews.com 02:40, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
- It may be a fantastic documentary, but you still have to pay to get it. The whole point of external links is to give readers access to extra information, something the Boeing page gives for free - indeed, this is its primary purpose. This link does not; it's prime purpose is to get people to buy your product. Wikipedia is not the place for this. --Scott Wilson 10:21, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
- From the very reference you cite: "External links to commercial organizations are acceptable if they can serve to identify major corporations associated with a topic (see finishing school for an example). Please note Wikipedia does not endorse any businesses and it does not set up affiliate programs."
- Surely the finishing schools in that example charge their students. Tiltrotor and The Future is the only documentary ever made about the evolution of convertiplane technology, how tiltrotor became the solution for transport (vs. attack) aircraft, the major test programs, problems and outlook. If someone is looking at these articles they clearly are interested in detailed information. Again, this is a 60 minute documentary. It was not sponsored by Boeing or Bell. It is not a commercial. It is a unique information resource. Books cost money. Trade show white paper proceedings often cost money. The fact that one must buy the video if they want to is not an excluded criteria nor a reasonable test in this situation. You are denying those looking for more information on this topic the ability to find a singular resource. Furthermore, there is a link on the V-22 (see Israel considers V-22 acquisition) article to Janes with four paragraphs of information (less than half the article) followed by this text "End of non-subscriber extract." Aerospacenews.com 14:40, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
- The finishing schools are because they are important examples of finishing schools; one can see how they present themselves; you get that information for free. Aerospacenews.com is not an important example of a tiltrotor - the equivalent for tiltrotors or the V-22 would be the manufacturers. I'm not saying that your documentary is a commercial either - I'm sure it's not - it is the commercial for the documentary that is the problem. Similarly, the Jane's link provides some information - including some that is unavailable in the article - while yours provides none. Finally, at Wikipedia:External links note that item ten of 'links to normally avoid' says that you should not link to a website that you own or maintain, as there is a clear conflict of interests, notwithstanding section six which says that you should not link to sites which require payment for the relevant content to be accessed. --Scott Wilson 16:03, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
Added Back Detail
I added back some detail about the cost of a tiltrotor's speed. While Scott Wilson complains that there was too much comparison, without some, there is no framework for the reader to understand where the tiltrotor stands on the vertical flight spectrum. Remove the comparisons and the piece becomes a puff-piece, where tiltrotors do all things for all people. The ideal piece should show the advantages and disadvantages against similar and competing technologies. For example, helicopters carry about half the payload of airplanes with the same empty weight and power. So somewhere the spectrum should show that airplanes are fastest, and carry the most, tiltrotors are intermediate in speed (half that of an airplane) and they have 25% of the payload of an airplane, but they can hover and take off from small areas without great infrastructure needs. Helicopters gain back payload somewhat (to the 50% level) but are the slowest yet. Nick LapposNlappos 07:44, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
- A tlitrotor is half the speed of an airplane?? A jet airplane, yes, but not a prop plane, to which a tiltrotor's speed is very comparable. How much of the other info you've provided is the same type of comparision? We can't tell, since you have not provided verifiable sources for your additions. Therefore, another editor has reverted your edits, with my full support. - BillCJ 17:26, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
- I reverted Nlappos' edits, because they were completely uncited. It is critical that you provide citations with your statments. At one point, you changed information in a referenced sentence. Did the reference have the original or your material? It makes a difference. If you change material in a cited sentence, but don't change the cite, that makes it look like the cite supports your statement, when if fact it doesn't, which presents as serious integrity problem as far as the encyclopedia is concerned. And when you do refer to a reference, don't write "in reference number 1", but rather use the ref tags. If you need help with this, see WP:CITET and WP:FN. Also, please don't sign your article additions. Signing is only for talk page additions. Akradecki 19:12, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
- I would wish someone would READ the references before they arbitrarily delete the addition. I originally posted reference 1 months ago, which clearly cites the fact that the V22 tilt rotor has half the payload of the CH-53E helicopter (and that both have the same power and mpty weight). It further states that the CH-53E helicopter has 1.6 times the transport efficiency. Additionally, I put in the discussion section the speed concept, which is important for those of us who edit to understand the "big" picture, admittedly that speed ratios are too loose to use in the article itself. Must I re-post my previous edits, or would one of you who deleted them re-insert them after you have bothered to READ the reference?
Nick Lappos184.108.40.206 19:10, 27 April 2007 (UTC)
- It might be worth comparing tiltrotors to the helicopters they are intended to replace - the CH-46 has an empty weight of ~15,500 lb and a max t/o of 24,300 lb. The HH-60 family is a much later generation helicopter, and it's possible that second- or third-generation tiltrotors will offer superior performance. Right now it's like comparing an A330 to a 707 or Comet. ericg ✈ 21:06, 27 April 2007 (UTC)