The updated Outer Mold Line (OML – an aeroshell’s outer surface) design for the TF-X™, was developed in collaboration with automotive designer Vedran Martinek.
The TF-X is the evolution of the company’s Transition aircraft, presented in 2013. Compared to it, it introduces two electric pods for vertical landing and showcases a more streamlined, integrated design.
Based on the new OML, Terrafugia also developed a one-tenth scale wind tunnel test model, which is currently on display at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.
The model will be tested at the MIT Wright Brothers wind tunnel, the same tunnel that was used to test the Terrafugia’s Transition.
The wind tunnel test model will be used to measure drag, lift and thrust forces while simulating hovering flight, transitioning to forward flight and full forward flight.
Below is the footage from the first public demonstration of the Terrafugia Transition at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI 2013.
For more information on the project you can check Terrafugia’s official website.
(Image Courtesy: Terrafugia and Vedran Martinek for Car Body Design)