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Mounting flanges

In the meantime, enjoy some more images, including the nose section bayonet mount...

The bayonet filling which attaches the nose to the fuselage

...the nose top section mounting flange, with Teflon insert above...

The front of the detached top section of the nose

...and the Vulture 2's extremely pointy beak:

The nose of the Vulture 2

At the other end, we have the rocket motor retaining ring, designed for easy removal of the motor case from the rear fuselage:

The rear of the fuselage and rocket motor retaining ring

Finally, here's a sexy skin shot, demonstrating how the parts come out of the 3D printing machine and why the Vulture 2 currently feels like a cuttlefish bone:

The rear fuselage skin, showing the texture

Evidently, a nice paint job is in order, but until we get the aircraft into the spray booth, you'll just have use this pic of the assembled vehicle mounted on its fantastical flying truss launch platform...

The LOHAN team poses with the Vulture 2

...to imagine just how impressive it'll look in gloss [COLOUR REDACTED].

That's all for now. Look out for more hot spaceplane action in the near future...®

Bootnote

Here's the now-traditional animated gif of the above team (from L-R Dave Akerman, Rob Eastwood, Paul Shackleton and Claire Edwards) showing off a few sharp moves:

You put your left leg in

All together now...

You put your left leg in...


Further LOHAN resources:

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  • For our SPB photo archive, proceed directly to Flickr.
  • We sometimes indulge in light consensual tweeting, as you can see here.

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