GTRI researchers (from left) Graham Blaylock, Nicholas Moore and Robert Englar assemble a test aircraft's fuselage onto the blown wing assembly, while also measuring the height of the blowing jet exit slot. (Photo: Gary Meek)
What's wrong with this picture? If you said the engines are upside down, you'd be wrong. The odd engine placement is part of a cruise-efficient, short take-off and landing (CESTOL) aircraft concept from the Georgia Tech Research Institute which also sees mechanical wing-flaps replaced by high-speed blasts of air to generate extra lift. It's hoped that the development of such craft will make more airports available to fixed-wing jet aircraft by enabling take off and landing at steep angles on short runways, as well as reducing engine noise.