Lone Star in Pursuit of Rotary Flight’s Holy Grail
By Jeff Wise
Posted 01.01.2005 at 3:00 pm 0 Comments
In Wichita Falls, Texas, inside a hangar surrounded by weeds and rusting aircraft scrap, 59-year-old entrepreneur Jay Carter, Jr., is chasing a milestone that he says will one day be as well known in the aviation community as the speed of sound: Mu=1. Beyond it, Carter says, lies an aerodynamical promised land in which aircraft take off like helicopters and then travel forward as quickly and efficiently as airplanes.
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