- Nov 11, 2012
- Marietta, GA
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...Definitely an exercise in how to build a prototype the most expensive way possible
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...