By Dennis R Jenkins, Tony Landis, Jay Miller
For your time, it appeared the sequence of experimental airplane subsidized by way of the U.S. executive had run its direction. among the overdue Nineteen Forties and the overdue Seventies, virtually thirty designations have been allotted to airplane intended to discover new flight regimes or untried applied sciences. Then, mostly, it ended. yet there has been a resurgence within the mid- to past due- Nineteen Nineties, and as we input the fourth yr of the hot millennia, the designations are as much as X-50.
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Total Flights (X-35A): 27 Total Flights (X-35B): 39 Total Flights (X-35C): 73 The first of the X-35 demonstrators. Despite being completely different, there is a strong family resemblance to the Lockheed F/A-22 Raptor. (Lockheed Martin via the Tony Landis Collection) The X-35 was the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) demonstrator, competing with the Boeing X-32. In November 1996 Boeing and Lockheed Martin were awarded contracts to build two Concept Demonstrator Aircraft (CDA)—one Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) version and one Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) version—each.
The demonstrations will provide the information necessary to enable decision-makers to determine whether it is technically and fiscally prudent to continue development of a production UCAV. Two X-45A aircraft completed 16 flights during Phase I testing which ended in February 2003. Initial plans for an X-45B version were apparently cancelled in mid-2003, with the program moving directly to a more capable X-45C due to a change in mission requirements. American X-Vehicles: An Inventory X-1 to X-50 55 X-46 The Boeing Company First Flight: Pending Sponsors: DARPA, USN, Boeing Last Flight: Not Applicable Fastest Flight: Not Applicable Total Flights: Not Applicable Highest Flight: Not Applicable An artist’s concept of the UCAV-N landing on an aircraft carrier.
The second aircraft is on display at the Niagara Aerospace Museum in New York. American X-Vehicles: An Inventory X-1 to X-50 29 X-23 Martin Marietta Corporation First Flight: 21 December 1966 Sponsors: USAF Last Flight: 19 April 1967 Fastest Flight: 16,500 mph (reentry) (approx) Total Flights: 3 Highest Flight: 500,000 feet (approx) The X-23A, also known as the SV-5D, was designed to acquire data relating to lifting maneuverable reentry vehicles in support of several Air Force and NASA programs.
American X-Vehicles: An Inventory-X-1 to X-50 by Dennis R Jenkins, Tony Landis, Jay Miller