These incredible designs were developed for aircraft that either never came to be, can’t yet be built, or don’t have any particular use.
But they do make for some fascinating photographs, illustrations and ideas.
Built in 1979, the NASA AD-1 proved that the wings of an aircraft could pivot quite dramatically without losing any of the planes’ stability.
The Stipa-Caproni was built in the 1930’s, with the propeller contained entirely within the fuselage. Although never put onto the production line, the aircraft worked and lead to the development of the jet engine.
The Nemuth Parasol was built by students of Miami University to prove that even a circular wing could keep an aircraft in flight.
The Vought V-173 was an experimental place developed by the US. It was able to fly exceptionally slowly.
The 281 Proteus was designed to be as efficient as possible in order to stay in the air as long as possible. This allowed the aircraft to act as telecommunication relays, though they later became obsolete with the development of unmanned aircraft.
The Blohm & Voss BV 141 was a German tactical aeroplane, notable for its asymmetry.
The Grumman X-29 was notable for its wings – which are attached to the body of the aircraft at the opposite angle to usual jet planes.
Designed for high speed, the Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster bomber placed propellers at the back of the plane to reduce drag effects.
The Sikorsky X-Wing aimed to combine the vertical lift of a helicopter with the forward speed of a jet plane. The project was dropped in 1988.
These blended wing planes where developed by Boeing, and were used to persuade NASA to arrange a contract with Boeing.
The Lockheed-Martin P-791 was designed to combine buoyancy with aerodynamic propulsion, allowing it to shift heavy cargo loads quickly.
The Russian Beriev Be-200 was a short-lived amphibious aircraft on a huge scale.
The White Knight Two is designed to carry spacecraft between the two fuselages and ferry them to the very edge of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was a ‘parasite fighter’ that was meant to be deployed from the bomb bay of a larger plane.
Nasa’s Super Guppy plane was designed to haul oversized cargo.
The ‘Pregnant Guppy’ was the Super Guppy’s predecessor.
The hulking Bartini Beriev VVA-14 was a soviet plane that employed vertical take-off.
The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar was developed by the US during the cold war in secrecy. The aircraft would have looked very much like a flying saucer, though it had severe overheating problems that prevented its practicality.
The Snecma Flying Coleoptere was a French experimental aircraft that could take of and land vertically, removing the need for a runway.
The De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle was designed to take a single soldier into difficult-to-reach areas for reconnaissance missions.
The Puffin was designed by Nasa to carry a single pilot.
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Planning For The Perfect Packing Shed
It is very important for a packing produce shed to fulfil its purpose flawlessly in order to keep your produce in the best condition for sale, and to make the process of packing and unpacking a relatively simple one. Here are a few tips that are considered important when creating the ideal packing shed.
Make sure your packing shed is close to the paddocks containing your crop, so it is an easy job to move the harvest to the packing shed. The vehicle that will be transporting your harvest should be able to access the shed without troubles also.
The right amount of space
It is imperative that you plan your packing shed to the right dimensions so everything that needs to happen inside can do so easily and practically. Every packing shed will be designed differently according to the type of harvest it is specified to hold. Try to design your packing shed so the process will be streamlined and efficient.
Good lighting is important in a packing shed as it will allow you to see defects that may in your harvest. The best lights to show up flaws are SP-30 fluorescent or tungsten halogen quartz. Also don’t forget to put windows into the design of your packing shed in perspective of health and safety for workers.
The best flooring surface for a packing shed is concrete. Concrete allows for the use of wheeled trollies and other necessary tools like a pallet jack. Ensure your concrete floor slopes towards a drain to make it easy to wash.
Ensuring cleanliness is important in packing sheds to prevent food borne illnesses. The biggest cause for spread of germs is contamination from the handlers hands. Install a sink and tap with hot running water so employees can wash their hands before touching food. Make sure wash tubs and surfaces that are likely to contact produce should be easy to keep clean.
Removing water from washing produce is just as important as getting in in there. Plan for drainage when you design your wash station. It is common for local governments to require wash water to be put through a septic system. When planning this don’t make the mistake of hooking your packing shed up to your houses septic system, it will overwhelm the system with too much water.
The most efficient layout for packing sheds is one that will avoid extra steps and crossing paths. It will also move in the direction of the worker’s leading hand. Try to think about the process your produce has to undertake and how to make this operate in a streamlined practical way.
What Does It Cost To Build A Saleyards Complex?
Saleyards are most often complex & large. Quoting them involves a detailed process.
The average cost of a single stage of a saleyards project is $443,986. Large saleyards are often multi-stage, and entire builds often cost over $1 million. Smaller saleyards often cost less than $250,000.
If you’re considering building a saleyard, contact us to request a quote.
Which Saleyards Have Central Steel Build built in the Past?
We’ve built saleyards in Ballarat, Wangaratta, Horsham, Hamilton, Sale, Euroa, Shepparton & Yea.
That’s over 8 different saleyards projects across the state. The Ballarat saleyards are still under construction. You can see drone footage of the early stages below: