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Twin Port University – Flying Machine

The TPU Flying Platform


Like many societies, Twin Port University has its status or prestige to consider (and promote). In the post-collapse world of the 22nd Century, there are few capabilities more impressive than flight.

The ability to fly is almost a myth – one of the wonders of the pre-collapse world. Being able to build a flying machine is therefore a matter of great pride to the Twin Port University and they have put a lot of work and emotional capital into their recreation of a 20th Century flying machine: the Hiller Flying Platform.

This is almost exclusively a question of pride – even if the Flying Platform does have a very limited military usefulness. It’s easy to fly (at least in calm weather) .

In horizontal flight, the vehicle exhibits an automatic, self-righting tendency. This occurrs because the leading edge lip of the duct generates more lift than the trailing edge, causing an upward pitching moment. This force works to balance the pilot’s weight as he shifts the platform in the direction he wanted to fly. This effect makes the platform almost impossible to topple. Unfortunately, it also limits the forward speed to a mere 26 kph (16 mph) and causes erratic handling in windy conditions.


  • Crew: one
  • Length (diameter): 8 ft 4 in (2.5 m)
  • Height: 7 ft (2.1 m)
  • Empty weight: 370 lb (167.8 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 x Nelson H-56 piston engines , 40 hp (30 kW) each
  • Maximum speed: 16 mph (26 km/h)
  • Service ceiling: 32.8 ft (10 m)
  • Armament: standard combat weapons for a TPU soldier

The TPU has 3 of these machines and uses them to impress visiting Laker Ships and Maxwell Militia dignitaries.

Stories persist that there is at least one larger model – big enough to carry a number of troops or a payload of bombs. But this may well be a TPU bluff.

see this link for real-world footage of the VZ-1 Pawnee aka the Hiller Flying Platform

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