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  1. Acrojet

    For Sale YT-33 First Personal Jet Ever Built

    Daniel, Unfortunately your memory isn't serving you well. The first BD-5J flew either late 1972 or early 1973. I know this because I own the second BEDE factory jet (N152BD) And it was first flown in 1973. And have the log book to prove it. I know this is a late response, but I just ran...
  2. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Sorry about that. That was an earlier rendering and even that pilots placement in the single seat version wasn't exact. It was more to get a "sizing@ comparison. We will have other pics as time goes on. Stay tuned!!
  3. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Very cool! I actually have plans (way in the future) to have a family of scale jets for the kitplane market and the "F-18" two-seat version is my next choice! Other candidates could be: A-10, A-4, F-86, F-4........ Peter
  4. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    I was waiting for you to chime in! I appreciate your input. I will only be using Textreme in certain areas. As you mentioned there are other obvious better choices. We will be using various combinations TexTreme/Innerga and others. Part of what is "driving" the Textreme and Innegra is that...
  5. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    You know I've looked into that but, unless someone has an "off-the-shelf" ducted fan recip that they'd be willing to give up the technology for, I'm gonna pass on that one. The technology isn't quite there yet to make it "mainstream". As you've stated there's a little weight penalty and I don't...
  6. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Quick update! Sorry for the long delay in posting updates but it's been a long hard look at into why our numbers were so off. Now I know why........ Had to reassess things and determine the best course of action once it was determined that carbon was lighter than Al as long as it's engineered...
  7. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Ya but, it's still pretty cool. And an actual L-39 is nice, but it's on the high end of ownership. But hey to each his own, right? Here's a video of its first flight https://www.facebook.com/ryan.schroeder.52/videos/1148759541824721/
  8. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Yup, totally different concept. That's way out of most people's ability to own. $5 million??? Good luck selling that thing. On another note. A buddy of mine just sent me pictures of the 1/2 scale Saab military jet. And get this, it's totally an R/C aircraft! And this pic for sizing a...
  9. Acrojet

    Turbine engine discussion

    Well, It's not my engine or my proprietary information, it's the developers. I'm just having him build something that I've finally convinced him to build. I've been guiding him down a certain path to make this engine viable. It's a geared fan, the core engine has one centrifugal compressor...
  10. Acrojet

    Turbine engine discussion

    Here's one: https://youtu.be/OJl7Dig1gLQ
  11. Acrojet

    Turbine engine discussion

    Hope you don't mind if I chime....;-) Ironically the fans diameter is 14" (seems to be a common diameter. Consiquently, the Williams EJ22 had a 14" fan and the entire engine weighed 88lbs for 750lbf - don't know if that was ever officially attained, but it seems plausible) I've been told I can...
  12. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Thanks! As we can see, the engine is a very big part of the equation of wether or not this endeavor works out. The good news is this engine is essentially a "clean sheet" design. It was/is designed as such based on existing small turbojet technologies as its core. It will be a blend of...
  13. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Too big, too heavy and too much work to convert. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think that motor weighs roughly 240lbs and burns 125 gal/hr for 800-1000lbs of thrust and my little Tfan weighs roughly 90lbs and burns roughly 45gal/hr....for 650-700lbs of thrust.... No comparison...
  14. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Man I looked half scaling to keep the weight down for the same motor, and it was just too darn small, especially if I was going to have a "jump-seat" to carry another person. So even 60% was a compromise. Once I looked at 2/3 or even 3/4 scale it became evident that was too big for my little...
  15. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Well actually it was an "aft-fan" originally, but it was determined to be simple-yes, but the loss in efficiency, especially for such a small motor was too great. So it's been decided to move the fan to the front. It will be a little more complicated, but in the end still pretty simple and the...
  16. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Well, I'm glad you like the idea. I think you'll see more "scaled jet replicas" and an emerging market in the experimental arena. Let's hope so.... For right now the plan is to go with a small tank that is kept under pressure by a mini compressor like the SubSonex jet uses...
  17. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Tim, It's not my proprietary info re: the engine, but it is for the developer. I've promised not to divulge too much just yet beyond what I've been told I could share, until it's finally up and running and well into the test phase. Let's just say, it's pretty darn simple and it's not exactly a...
  18. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Jay, Don't worry. Worrying can stress you out, which can lead to obesity and can give you a heart attack.... So.... You'd be too big to fit, or worst case, dead! ;-) But seriously, as mentioned before, it will be tight, but not any worse than a BD-5 (which I fly and fit into, consiquently) The...
  19. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    Well, if this sucker works out, we'll see if we can't get you out in the little rocket! ;-)
  20. Acrojet

    Scaled Jets (F-16)

    You my friend are picking up, what I'm laying down.... You get it. Light engine far back, keeps airplane light, helps CG, etc... All working to make this a viable design
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