Posted on Friday, 11 October, 2019
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.