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Real-life 'flying saucer' unveiled at airshow

Posted on Friday, 11 October, 2019 | Comment icon 13 comments

Could this be the future of air travel ? Image Credit: Chinese Internet
A new and unique type of 'flying saucer'-style rotary aircraft has gone on display at an airshow in China.
While there have been several attempts over the years by various countries to create a viable saucer-shaped aircraft, most of them, including the US Air Force's own Avrocar, haven't fared too well.

Recently though, images of a new type of saucer-shaped rotorcraft dubbed the 'Super Great White Shark' - a two-person 'UFO' that can fly around and even shoot missiles - have emerged in China.

A prototype of the vehicle has since gone on display at the China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin.

While it is unclear exactly how it works, the lift appears to be produced by a large central rotor blade.

"[The] Super Great White Shark armed helicopter is a composite wing-body fusion high-speed helicopter configuration designed for the future digital information battlefield," the placard reads.

"In the initial stage of its design, it refers to the international excellent and mature helicopter design technologies, such as AH-64 Apache, CH-53 Sea Stallion, and Russian Ka-52, Mi-26."

"While absorbing their respective advantages, it adopts the internationally popular wing-body fusion (BWB) [blended wing body] design and the former. A new type of high-speed helicopter with [a] conceptual design of propeller blades has been successfully applied in helicopter design."

So while it looks like a flying saucer, it is in fact more like a helicopter with a unique design.

Whether the Super Great White Shark will ever get off the ground however remains to be seen.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (13)

Tags: UFO, Flying Saucer, China

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog on 11 October, 2019, 12:05
This thing will have an insane fuel consumption ... whatever it fly, soar or stay still trying to do it...
Comment icon #5 Posted by AllPossible on 11 October, 2019, 12:13
I wouldn't trust flying in that thing. Looks like something you'd end upside down in.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Timothy on 11 October, 2019, 13:12
The basic machining look of the thing makes me think at most it’s basic drone technology alongside a hastily put together chassis. Aerodynamics look horrible.  Lol really. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by mesuma on 11 October, 2019, 13:30
This is pretty obviously a ruse. They're probably flying something a lot more agile, aerodynamic, half as ugly and shoots more than some missiles. Stinks of diversion. "Just remember, if you see a flying saucer and it doesn't look like this, it wasn't us".
Comment icon #8 Posted by mdbuilder on 11 October, 2019, 14:05
Looks about as stealthy and nimble as a flying Sherman tank.
Comment icon #9 Posted by acute on 11 October, 2019, 14:41
This is exactly the kind of useless contraption you end up with, if you reverse-engineer a crashed UFO from the 1950's. Basically, the interstellar equivalent of a Model-T Ford!   
Comment icon #10 Posted by Seti42 on 11 October, 2019, 18:36
This has been tried. And it failed spectacularly. I'd put my money on a regular attack helicopter like the Apache 10 out of 10 times. Still, though...I like the idea of new aircraft designs, I just don't think any of them will work until we invent new propulsion systems, and/or new power systems/battery tech that's MUCH lighter and more efficient than what we have now. Only then will we have some practical sci-fi looking aircraft like 'hover cars' and the like.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Captain Risky on 12 October, 2019, 0:41
It shoots missiles so it has to be good.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Alchopwn on 12 October, 2019, 16:05
I also frequently shot missiles when I was seven, often with amazing accuracy, but my teacher never said I was good.  Double standards or what?
Comment icon #13 Posted by Captain Risky on 12 October, 2019, 20:05
Spitball types or the intercontinental ones. 

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