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Questions tagged [flying-machines]

For questions involving flying objects that are heavier than air. This includes airplanes, helicopters and other types of aircraft. For questions about rocket-propelled craft, consider [rockets]. For questions about lighter-than-air craft, use [airships].

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What is the earliest time a pulsejet could be built?

Let's assume that some wealthy characters somehow find the plans for a valveless pulsejet. How is not important. Maybe there was a time travel incident, or some Atlantean book was unearthed, or ...
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Human Shoulder Motion & Powered Flight

I have an idea for a story where human live on world with low gravity and a dense atmosphere. These humans have developed artificial wings that are attached to their arms so they can fly. Since the ...
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In a world where flying cars exist, what kind of features would the cars need to have? [closed]

Designing a sort of cyper-punkish, futuristic megacity where flying cars have been adopted as opposed to land-based cars to create more space on land and to reduce traffic issues. It can be assumed ...
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Combining Wingsuits and Steampunk

I'm creating a city that uses wing suits to get from high elevated areas to lower areas. It's not a "steampunk" world, but they do rely on steam power. I wanted to create a way for them to land ...
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Can a Magnetically Held Sphere Levitate in the Air [closed]

I have a Sphere like device in my book that floats around doing whatever stuff it does. But I wanted a different implementation than your typical thrusters for it to levitate. So, I designed two ...
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Can Zeppelins and Blimps replace cars in the future?

It would be cool if this entire planet could use zeppelin roadways instead of tarmac roads. Especially for countryside transport away from cities. A zeppelin for one person is about the size of a ...
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Armament for airships filled with non-flammable gas

In my Fantasy/sci-fi universe there exists a lighter than air gas, that is non-flammable, while having density similar or even smaller than hydrogen (I will post some questions related to this gas in ...
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What would be a viable “Throne” for my human to be lifted by an army of house flies?

I have this character in my story who controls insects and I wanna have him travel in swarms of house flies. why house flies? you ask? Well, two reasons: When I was younger they were my favorite ...
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How much will I have to modify my helicopter to have it fly supersonic?

As explained in this question, current rotary wing aircraft cannot surpass the speed of sound because of retreating blade stall and the fact that the sonic boom would literally rip off the rotor. ...
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Airship defence against pack of flying creatures

In my fantasy world, airships are the main way of transportation. These airships have the hull of a regular 12 century medieval liner. This liner has two leather horizontal gliders on either side (...
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Would an actively camouflaging airship cast a shadow?

I am currently writing about a military society that enforces its subjects using Acer-class airships. Picture the USS Iowa, except flying and with enough supplies for a year in the air. The only ...
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Steam powered airships [duplicate]

So is it possible that an airship could actually fly using a steam engine? For example a blimp like airship that could carry a dozen or so people, as well as coal for a fuel source, and obviously a ...
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What would be the most efficient design for a ship that is propelled telekinetically [closed]

Suppose you possess a great level of telekinesis capable of molding steel into almost any shape just by concentrating. And you could use it to both create a ship and propel it at almost any speed you ...
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What type of an engine malfunction would make a good plot device? [closed]

I am writing a book that follows a colony of people living above Venus, in an Airship. At the beginning of my book, a major engine malfunction is discovered that, if let left uncorrected, will result ...
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Mechanically correct rotorcraft aerial ship

I am taking a page from the Anatomically Correct Series here. But instead of a living organism, I'd like to ask about a special kind of vessel. I like ships. They are big and confortable. They have ...
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Will hypersonic planes be common on Mars?

It's well known that SpaceX has a long term goal of getting people on Mars. Let's assume some time has elapsed since humanity's transition to Mars. Due to lack of transport infrastructure and hostile ...