The image shows the rear stator (fixed) blades behind the prop while being tested on the runway in high-speed taxi runs. (We shot this closeup while the Switchblade was on the taxiway before entering the runway.) We were working to get a little bit more acceleration to complete flight testing in the local area at shorter runways rather than have to pack up and travel out of the area. The stators did help straighten the flow out from the prop, but we did not find the increase in acceleration that was necessary to stay in the area, so we are planning now on packing up the necessary equipment, tools, supplies, and the vehicle to move it to the longer runway. We will remove the stators from the vehicle for the testing to follow, so goodbye stators!
SEE YA’ LATER STATOR – November 22, 2022
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