Ryan XV-5 "Vertifan"
by NorthAmericanAviation
uploaded 2017-07-01
stock aircraft
#VTOL #1960's #Army #Stock #Replica



  • Type: SPH
  • Class: aircraft
  • Part Count: 85
  • Pure Stock


The Ryan-General Electric XV-5 Vertifan is a VTOL aircraft proposed to the U.S. Army in November 1962. The crew who worked on the Vertifan was called the XV-5A Fan Club.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.0.

Blower Design

The blowers for vertical lift on the Vertifan are powered very much like a turbocharger in a car: exhaust gases are blown around a duct which is connected to the blower fan spindle. these gases spin up the fans which produce lift. This method is very different from a normal thrust diverter, as used in the Yak-36, Yak-38, Hawker-Siddeley Kestrel/Harrier. It Is also different from the Yak-141 and F-35B JSF, which use a mechanical drive.

The Proposal

In 1961, General Electric won a U.S. Army Contract to develop the fan-in-wing design with Ryan Aeronautical Corporation. Ryan was essentially a subcontracted builder in this program, as GE developed the entire thrust system, based off of the GE J-85. The XV-5 was a featherweight, but it packed a punch; empty weight was just 7,000lbs, and the fan system developed 1.31:1 TWR, giving the XV-5 31% in excess power. There was also a balancing fan in the nose, covered by louvers. The wing-mounted fans had shutters underneath, meaning that the XV-5 could transfer in any direction. The wing-mounted fans also controlled roll to some degree.

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