# Raptor Composite Aircraft

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#### Kyle Boatright

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Definitely an exercise in how to build a prototype the most expensive way possible
As has been pointed out by guys who've been there/done that, he could have done a true prototype for a fraction of that using moldless composite techniques. Buy a set of infinity retracts and have a nice "shape" to fly, modify, and show at the airshows. He could still have bolted the Audi on the back. Instead...

I was reading something on another site today (TheDrive.com) where they went into Lockheed's Skunkwork's philosophy that getting to a prototype quickly is critical. The Raptor is, or should be, a simple airplane and is 5 years in without a real flight. The SR-71 took less than 3 years and that was revolutionary technology...

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#### BoKu

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Wow, I just read the comments on the latest vid. They're in full-on circle-jerk mode now. Very weak signal to noise ratio.

#### BoKu

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As has been pointed out by guys who've been there/done that, he could have done a true prototype for a fraction of that using moldless composite techniques. Buy a set of infinity retracts and have a nice "shape" to fly, modify, and show at the airshows. He could still have bolted the Audi on the back. Instead...

I was reading something on another site today (TheDrive.com) where they went into some of Lockheed's Skunkwork's philosophies that getting to a prototype quickly is critical. The Raptor is, or should be, a simple airplane and is 5 years in without a real flight. The SR-71 took less than 3 years and that was revolutionary technology...
Mythbusters is also strong on that MO. Design, build, try, re-design, re-build, fly.

#### pictsidhe

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With the suck it and see design method of the Raptor, building such an expensive prototype was sheer lunacy.

#### Orange4sky

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Nor are carbon fiber reinforced molds
I was wondering why the frig, unless you needed to burn money, would you use CF to reinforce a mold that has no real weight restriction? Just use glass and double up. Am I missing something?

#### WonderousMountain

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This describes me, minus 5-10 Million \$

#### Hot Wings

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and I noticed his knees constantly dancing
So I'm not the only one that thought it looked like taildragger in a cross wind?

#### TFF

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Castering nose wheel. I would expect a dance. If he is dragging brakes. It’s probably from keeping it straight dragging them.

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