Abstract: A flight vehicle which can be joined and firmly strapped to a load, the load being either a human pilot (P) or a remote-controlled pilot. The flight vehicle comprises a supporting frame for attaching to the load, a driving arrangement (100) incorporating a piston engine, and which is connected directly to the shrouded propeller (200) by means of a rotating drive shaft (108) for the purpose of setting up an air stream, also at least two jet pipes (300) which open into outlet nozzles (304, 305) mounted laterally alongside the load or the human pilot (P), whereby the said outlet nozzles can be adjusted to change the direction of the discharged air stream. It is by means of the outlet nozzles (304, 305) that the lift force is set up; this latter force enables the human pilot to lift off the ground to make hover or translatory flights.
Abstract: A skyboard which is an apparatus using the combination of a specially designed surfboard and a parachute to enable the rider to ride the skyboard in a manner similar to the rider's positioning on a surfboard and which will enable the rider to ride the air currents of the sky in a much more exciting manner than through conventional gliders or hand gliders. The skyboard is a lightweight object formed in the general shape of a surfboard and which is modified to include at least a pair of front wings and a pair of rear wings on its lateral sides, a pair of fins on its underside and a pair of foot or shoe binders on its upper surface to accommodate and hold the rider's feet or shoes.
Abstract: Apparatus for creating aerodynamic lift to a downhill skier is shown as having a harness adapted to be worn by the skier, a left wing structure is operatively carried by the harness, a right wing structure is operatively carried by the harness, the left wing structure has a first longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of the skier, the right wing structure has a second longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of the skier, the left wing structure is selectively rotatable about the first longitudinal axis, the right wing structure is selectively rotatable about the second longitudinal axis, and the left and right wing structures are respectively rotatable about the first and second axes independently of each other by the skier to respective selected positions, and batten-like members are provided to enhance the airfoil configuration of the wing structures.
Abstract: A flying emergency ejection seat for endangered airman to escape from distressed aircraft and to fly cross country in the seat to sanctuary of a more favorable environment for recovery having the following existing state-of-the-art non-flying seat survival features of an airman's ejection seat including: a parachute, a rocket/catapult propelled escape seat for ejection, a survival kit for air, land, and water survival equipment, guidance controls on the escape seat and mating guides in the aircraft to direct the path of the seat ejection from the aircraft, seat/man separation device, and added on design features of this invention to make it a flying seat:shall include add-on folding wings for extension in flight to sustain the seat in flight, add-on extendable empennage for extension during ejection to stabilize and guide the direction of flight of the seat in a prone attitude, add-on actuators on the seat bucket to stretch out the airman into a physical prone head down, face forward configuration for minimum
Abstract: Apparatus for creating aerodynamic lift to a downhill skier is shown as having a harness adapted to be worn by the skier, a left wing structure is operatively carried by the harness, a right wing structure is operatively carried by the harness, the left wing structure has a first longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of the skier, the right wing structure has a second longitudinal axis extending generally transversely of the skier, the left wing structure is selectively rotatable about the first longitudinal axis, the right wing structure is selectively rotatable about the second longitudinal axis, and the left and right wing structures are respectively rotatable about the first and second axes independently of each other by the skier to respective selected positions.
Abstract: A safety device to warn the pilot of a hang glider if take-off is attempted without the glider hook-up strap being connected to the pilot's harness includes two sensors arranged in series with an alarm. One of the sensors is arranged to close a circuit when the glider is positioned in a take-off attitude and the other sensor closes a circuit when the free end of the hook-up strap is disconnected from the pilot's harness. The alarm is activated when both circuits are closed.
Abstract: The invention relates to a motor assembly for carrying on the back suspended in a harness (2) and comprising at least one driving motor (8) for driving a connected tool, such as a saw bar. The motor assembly is characterized by comprising means, such as one or more propellers or impellers, which provide an upwardly directed lifting force, which at least partially counterbalances the weight of the motor assembly and thereby reduces the load on the operator.
Abstract: A one-man helicopter comprising a fuselage having a rotor shaft attached thereto but offset therefrom, rotor blades having rocket engines in the tips thereof, a hub on the shaft and means on the hub between the rotor blades and the rotor shaft to change the vertical displacement of the rotor blades, said means comprising a housing pivotable about a hinged joint; the outer portion of the housing is a swash plate which is rotatable about the rotor shaft, and linkages interconnect the swash plate and the rotor blades.
Abstract: The disclosure relates to a vehicle that is sustained in flight solely by thrust from a jet engine and directionally controlled by shifting the center of gravity of the vehicle relative to the thrust axis of the engine.
Abstract: A winged aircraft attachable to the body of a pilot including multiple jet engines whereby it may be propelled into and sustained in flight, having angularly adjustable side fins, having pilot operable controls for simultaneously controlling directional issuance of jet streams issuing from the engines and angular adjustment of the fins, including a support for the head of the pilot, and including a support for his feet.
Abstract: A single winged aircraft adapted to be attached to the back of a pilot, including a jet fuel engine whereby it may be propelled into space and sustained in flight, and provided with manually operable controls for controlling operation of ailerons and the directional issuance of the jet stream exhausting from the engine, whereby the aircraft may be directionally controlled in flight by the pilot.
Abstract: A basic lightweight helicopter frame is strapped to the body of a pilot and includes vertical side bars interconnected above the pilot's head to rotatably support a bladed rotor assembly and carry a rearwardly extending tail rotor assembly. The lower ends of the side bars carry fuel tanks from which rocket engines at the tips of the rotor blades draw fuel. A control assembly is supported at the upper end of the frame and extends forwardly therefrom for easy access by the pilot. The aircraft includes an attachable landing gear and an attachable pusher blade and engine assembly which can be used when desired.
Abstract: A man transport device that is strapped to a person and has two turbo type ngines with controls for actuating devices at the turbo jet engines to control lift, roll, pitch and yaw of the device and also to utilize control of fluid through span wise slots or holes in the structure interconnecting the turbo jets to increase the lift/drag of the system and therefore increase the range attainable by this device.
January 17, 1977
Date of Patent:
August 9, 1977
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army