Hello! I just finished the challenge and added a little quirk to it - the objective to pick up engineer from the helipad on the roof of the VAB building and delivering him to the control tower on the island. I guess he needed to fix that radar thing there. So, he called for KSC Air Taxi services, and here we go:
Driver (pilot?) is waiting on the runway for some reason, idling in his air V-plane taxi vehicle:
After receiving his order he burns the rocket engines straight up, and he switches on conventional jet engine. Until the plane gains enough speed to fly in conventional way, it's supported by the thrust from the rocket engines:
Pilot circles back around the Kerbal Space Center and switches rocket engines back on to lose speed and land vertically on the helipad:
Passenger onboard, liftoff!
And away from KSC, flying just like any other plane:
After a while, destination is in the sight range. Prepare for landing!
Landing zone is pretty small:
"Thank you! Keep the change."
Burning up again. Engineer already repairing the radar-thing.
On the jet engine again, flying back to base.
Near the Space Center, fuel reserve dangerously low.
Running on fumes:
It's done, trip completed:
I used few mods to build and fly this little plane:
- Procedural Dynamics: Procedural Wings
- Throttle Controlled Avionics
- RCS Build Aid
With procedural wings I built the whole shell of the plane, and obviously wings. To fly it in VTOL mode, I used TCA. RCS Build Aid was used to balance downward thrust perfectly, so it behaves reasonably well even with TCA turned off.
Here in spoiler there are some screenshots with UI toggled on. Unfortunately I forgot about the part before I picked up the engineer.