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A tiltjet aircraft[1] is similar in concept to a tiltrotor design. Whereas a tiltrotor utilises rotors, the tiltjet employs jet engines with the entire propulsion system being rotated from axial to dorsal in order to achieve a transition from hover or vertical flight to horizontal.[2] They are typically fully capable of VTOL operations.[citation needed]

List of tiltjet aircraft[edit]

  • Bell D-188A - proposed supersonic tiltjet fighter
  • Bell 65 "Air Test Vehicle" - 1954 experimental tiltjet
  • EWR VJ 101 - 1960s German supersonic experimental tiltjet fighter

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.vstol.org/wheel/VSTOLWheel/Categories/TiltJ.htm
  2. ^ Eskow, Dennis (ed.) (September 1984). "New tilt-engine jet flies like a helicopter". Popular Mechanics. New York: Hearst. 161 (9): 98. ISSN 0032-4558. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 

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