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- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 101
- Pure Stock
A stock aircraft called VTOL Long Range Passenger. Built with 101 of the finest parts, its root part is mk2Cockpit.Standard.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.0.
This VTOL is designed for long range transport of up to 12 passengers. As I haven’t yet unlocked the Mk2 Crew Cabin, I just used these stylish PPD-10 storage containers to haul the poor kerbals like sardines :)
For aesthetics, I used radial air intakes to bridge the step in diameter. These intakes are permanently closed, and do not participate in air supply. That would be cheating :)
10 engines breathe a lot of air, so I tried to supply plenty. Luckily, you only need all of them active at the same time during transition from hovering to forward flight. Still, don’t go full throttle during the critical phase when there’s not enough forward speed for the intakes to be effective, or these Wheesleys will emit sparks…
I used auto-strut on the wing parts. While they are fine in normal flight, time acceleration totally deforms them. This is especially bad because the craft is designed to be long range, and flying on autopilot with 4x acceleration over prolonged periods of time would make the plane increasingly ugly.
This thing is as agile as an oil tanker, so be gentle with your control inputs.
For the same reason, and unlike my 90 degree tilt VTOLs that naturally slow down fast due to a lot of drag, I added ways to get rid of speed via airbrakes and deployable flaps. RCS toggles these.
Holding the Brake key momentarily deploys the airbrakes and the reverse thrust. Just tapping the Brake key toggles the reverse thrust, so when it is not in sync with the airbrakes, that’s why.
Action 1 toggles the vertical engines.
Action 2 toggles the forward engines.
Abort toggles the vertical engine mode.
I added some down-facing lights to illuminate the landing spot for nighttime vertical landings.
Cruise Speed: 220m/s
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