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William V-Jet II


NASA has hard partnered with the general aviation industry in introducing the V-JET II, a turbofan-powered light aircraft designed for future flight testing. It was expected to revolutionize and revitalize general aviation with a safer, smoother, quieter and more affordable light aircraft.

NASA awarded Williams International a 37 million dollar developmental grant to design and build such a small jet engine.

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With Courtesy of Scaled Composites, LLC
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Image : Nasa - The V-Jet II, an all-composite, turbofan-powered light aircraft, was designed by Williams International of Walled Lake, Michigan
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With Courtesy of Scaled Composites, LLC

Burt Rutan and his Scaled Composites had been contracted to built V-JET II (in deference to the earlier version Sam Williams had introduced in the mid-80). While the overall configuration had been created by Sam Williams, it was up to Burt and his staff to do the detail design work and then execute it in the new, patent-pending composite construction method Scaled Composites has developed.

A the time of its first flight on April 13,1997, the VJET II was powered by two Williams International FJX-1 turbofan engines.

Performances

Take off Distance
5000 ft / IS A (25°C)3,000ft
SL / std day 2,300ft
Climb rate (SL)3,200 ft/min
Time to climb8 minto 18 kft
High speed cruise370knts
Range - max fuel2600miles
 4 on board1800miles

Characteristics

Seating6
Length31.1ft
Height9.8ft
Span35.3ft
Mean TO Weight3,800lb
Empty Weight2,200lb
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Source : Sport Aviation, Aug 1997
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hoto : Pilote Privé
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Vue arrière du V-JET II, qui permet de voir l'implentation des 2 réacteurs. Cette photo a été prise le 23 juillet 2007 au rassemblement d'Oskkosh par Ted (Observe the Banana)
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Source : Flight International 23-29 July 1997
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Photo : NASA
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Cette photo a été prise le 23 juillet 2007 au rassemblement d'Oskkosh par Ted (Observe the Banana)