The SC.1 was also equipped with the first "fly-by-wire" control system for a VTOL aircraft.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, Germany planned three different VTOL aircraft.
A tailsitter is a type of VTOL aircraft that launches and lands on its tail.
Also able to create VTOL aircraft (helicopters).
It became evident that even if technical problems could be overcome, contemporary VTOL aircraft would be flown only by the most experienced pilots.
Thunderbird 2 is a large, green VTOL aircraft that is used in most earth-based rescue missions.
It was therefore perfectly possible that the new "cruisers" could be used to operate VTOL aircraft.
At the same time, the aircraft industry as a whole was becoming increasingly interested in VTOL aircraft.
Frost felt the excellent performance of his new engine would be a natural fit for a VTOL aircraft due to its high expected power-to-weight ratio.
But of even more importance was the VTOL aircraft.