X-plane

The Rockwell-XFV-12A

by Daniel Russ on July 5, 2012

    The Rockwell XFV-12A was a prototype United States Navy fighter built in 1977. On paper, designers thought it would easily be a Mach 2 fighter and utilizing the AIM 7 Sparrow it would be a world beater. One more advantage this plane had was a VTOL capabilities.  Powered by the Pratt & Whitney […]

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The Bristol 188 “Flaming Pencil”

by Daniel Russ on May 18, 2012

      This stainless steel juggernaut was a test bed aircraft and the hope was that the research would give the British aeronautical engineers a way to build better materials and structure for sustained Mach flight. The idea was to create plane that could climb to over 50,000 feet and and fly at transonic […]

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N-20 Aiguillon

May 17, 2010

An attempt to put into the air a jet fighter without rear horizontal stabilizers. Many felt this was inspired by the Vought F4U Cutlass, certainly the strangest aircraft ever to be produced by the US. Scale models of the Aiguillon flew but when the Swiss saw the cost of the project, it was canceled. Related […]

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Bell X-14

May 16, 2010

This is the only open cockpit X plane ever built. Built in 1957, this was one of the first planes to sit horizontally, not on its tail. It flew well, and performed well, but was canceled for other better VTOL X planes on the drawing board. This plane is in the US Army Aviation Museum […]

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Boeing YC-14

May 15, 2010

The USAF Advanced Medium STOL Aircraft was an attempt to replace the venerable C-130 Hercules transport. Oddly this plane performed very well, but it was developed at a time when funding was unavailable, and so was canceled. It was remarkable in that the plane used upper surface blowing, where jet exhaust surrounded the wing surface […]

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