DARPA May Build Spec Ops Flying Sub

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  1. JBS

    JBS Leatherneck Verified Military

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    The engineers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are working on an aircraft that’s capable of landing on the water and submerging beneath the waves.


    DARPA hopes to design a vehicle able to hold 8 people with a flying radius of 1000 nautical miles and a submersible range of 12 nautical miles. The vehicle will not have deep diving abilities but rather will likely snorkel just under the surface.

    Adventurer Steve Fossett had developed a test vehicle similar to the DARPA Submersible Aircraft.



    Below is a video of a vehicle which could resemble the DARPA vehicle:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVtW4CP5YW8"]YouTube - Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Flying Sub for FS 2004Pt II[/ame]




    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_...look_out_james_bond_us_military_launchin.html

  2. Swill

    Swill Intelligence Verified SOF Support

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    Wasn't the driver for the ASDS supposed to be a bubble head instead of a SEAL? So, do you take a submariner and send him to flight school or do you take a pilot and send him to sub school? Either way ADSO = FOREVER.
  3. Typhoon

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    The first thing I thought of was the flying sub from the TV series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", which ran from 1965-68. Just like flat screen TV's in the movie "2001" (1966), and flip phones (communicators) in "Star Trek" (ca. 1967).

    Give technology a few decades and fiction becomes reality!

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  4. SOWT

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    Be interesting to see this how this one pans out; not sure if the technology exists yet. Your looking at a metal stronger then aluminum, but lightweight (titanium?), maybe a composite material.
  5. Looon

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    Voyage to the bottom of the sea was an awesome show!!
  6. JBS

    JBS Leatherneck Verified Military

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    Then there's the SKUNKWORKS program. Skunkworks created the SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-117A Stealth Fighter, among other technological marvels...


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  7. Typhoon

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    It sure was!

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