Everything Old is new again - Flettner Rotor Ship is launched

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    The lift from the 'buckets' only has to be greater than the weight of the whole plane. Actual altitude is controlled by the angle of attack and the forward thrust of the propellor. eg. An airship derives lift from the hydrogen gas, but the altitude of the zeppelin is a function of the tail fin and the propellors.

    Banking is a function of ailerons , which are totally absent in a rotor wing, so pilot control would be a problem in a full size plane.

    Modern F1 racers use the 'rotor' effect somewhat. The wide exposed front tyres, with the top rotating forward, creates significant downward thrust.
     
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    Fantastic. It had the first photos of Flettners second Rotor ship, the Barbara, that I have seen
     

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