2. The Switchblade may be the next generation of military aircraft.

The movies “Stealth” and “I Spy” both have one thing in common, do you know what it is? Of course there’s more than one thing, but the one that concerns us is – they both feature a military airplane very close to one called the “Switchblade”. As a matter of fact, the plane is even called the Switchblade in “I Spy”.

As we continue looking at the fascinating things I found in researching the book, we are nearly to the number one futuristic storyline in “South Pole Vendetta”.

I promise, I didn’t get the idea for South Pole Vendetta from either one, at least not directly! The idea is much more sinister, or exciting, depending on your point of view.

I was doing research for the book when I came across a very interesting idea.

Of course the newest, greatest thing I had run across that fits under the category of next generation aircraft for the US military is the F-35. But what about the NEXT generation? For that, I went looking for the unusual, unsubstantiated, and “under-wraps”.

This quote, from Pakistan Defence gives us an interesting concept to pursue: “F/A-37 unique switch-wing design closely resembles patent #5,984,231 for “Aircraft with variable forward-sweep wing”, issued to Northrop Grumman Corporation in 1999. This patent caused a wave of rumors about actual aircraft build with that design, with fictional name “Switchblade”, that was publicized in November 2000 issue of Popular Science magazine. Moreover, according to aerospace journalist Steve Douglass, Northrop Grumman was one of the technical advisors for the Stealth film. Yet another plane sharing design characteristics with the Talon is the VF-19 Excalibur.”

The articles itself is quite interesting: “On moonless nights, a secret aircraft taxies out of a remote hanger complex at an Air Force base in Nevada. The security lights at the base are dimmed as the aircraft rolls out onto the active runway. Under cover of darkness, the fighter-size aircraft takes off on a training mission over the sprawling Nellis Bombing Range.

“Sources tell us that this mysterious plane, officially called the Bird of Prey, will soon be declassified…”

I didn’t know at the time, and still don’t know, what the word “soon” means, but it sure gives a delicious taste of something new – doesn’t it?

Source: http://www.defence.pk/forums/members-club/145492-fictional-military-aircraft.html#ixzz2UYJhhuWT



5 thoughts on “2. The Switchblade may be the next generation of military aircraft.

  1. I was amazed to learn the HMAS Victory, Nelsons 74 gun ship was in service for 70 yrs. The B52 was in service effectively for a very long time. The F-111 Australia purchased was one of the first swing wing aircraft. Controversial and expensive in the sixties it went on the give us long effective service. It should still be active, it was a mistake to mothball this great aircraft. The F-111 swing wing took it from supersonic to subsonic giving it multiple roles essential for a small airforce like ours. The switchblade design looks like its for manoeuvrability. Your pilot should have a Emotiv (look them up) helmet thinking commands into the aircraft.

    • Thanks for the comment. I’ll pursue the Emotiv – I’ve read a little about the concept and it is interesting. The fascinating concept behind the Switchblade is the way it uses the new design to become a vital fighter able to fly multiple missions and have many uses beyond anything the US has at this point.

  2. Is your new jet a piloted aircraft or a drone?

    I think the future of air combat will be drones and I think the last of the piloted aircraft will be the F-22 and the F-35. But, the cargo aircraft will remain piloted for a very long time.

    • Finally done with the edit, so I can catch up.

      While I have a number of drones in the book, I decided to go with the Switchblade being piloted. I went with the Joint Strike Fighters all being remotely piloted, but decided that i wanted to use the Switchblades in those situations where instant decisions needed to be made – and, consequently, needed a “real” pilot. Also, I think we are learning a lot about the need to have a human being in the cockpit – maybe that’s just hopeful thinking.

      Thanks for the comment – sorry it took so long to get bak to you, but I think you understood.


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