Possible rocket or rocket glider.

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Pretty strange flying tube, don't see the point.

This was the orig vert takeoff fighter, for ships, they thought, but only one guy could fly it. Had a swivel seat so pilot was always horiz. Very hard to crank neck back to see the ground. Pilots hated it and knew it would just kill them. I think the catapult launched jet fighters killed it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_XFV

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This config is actually coming back, as a UAV! Seems it is troublesome to recover remote planes with a net all the time, cooler if they land backwards. Bravo.
https://futurism.com/the-u-s-navys-vertical-takeoff-drone-will-lift-off-in-2018/
 

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