AIRWOLF
High-Tech Helicopter

Design Development

....of a 'secret' government helicopter that would look like a normal but state-of-the-art
executive helicopter which, when needed, could deploy an arsenal of deadly weapons.

In other words,... A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING.



Image from WestAir Aviation

A Bell 222 [ similar to  this one from WestAir Aviation ] was chosen to play the part of AIRWOLF.



Wooly old me


Not spending a great deal of time  in helicopters, I had to rely on some
photos, from which to start my helo-makover.

Early concept

My earliest concepts were to change the nose to provide a forward light system and
enhance the look of the helicopter.  Our production pilot vetoed that because he was
concerned that it might subvert the ship's flight characteristics.  I wanted to place the
two additional jet engines on top of the winglets in order to preserve their lower structural
integrity which contained the landing gear.
(addressing this design challenge as if it were a real-world assignment)

Design two

Keeping the basic nose, I added a narrow enhancement to address the beefed-up electronic
goodies.  
The sides of the ship featured a buldged-out section for a forward-firing weapon
system and a rear laser weapon system for protection back there.  Retractable guns were
requested for the winglets but my first idea of a leading edge opening (again, trying to be
real-world practical) was changed to a side pop-out and telescoping  (I still shudder at that one)
set of guns.  To make room for those guns their ammo feed / shell retrieval systems, I
squeezed the jet engines as close to the body and as high up as I could.

Moving on
 

Refinements, here, included a nose job, to make the pilot happier again, while the art
director changed the paint line to a straight line angling up to the tail.  These sketches
explore what AirWolf would look like 'closed' and 'open'.


Rockets

Here, I'm continuing to explore what the main weapons might look like.


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