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    U.S. X-Plane Aircraft

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/3/2015

    A country never short on dreamers, the United States did much to push the envelope of flight during the last century - a tradition continuing today.





    There are a total of (149) U.S. X-Plane Aircraft, Conceptual Aircraft and Technology Demonstrators throughout History in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order.




    1944
    Beechcraft XA-38 Grizzly / Destroyer (Model 28)
    The XA-38 was a developmental twin-engine heavy fighter produced by the Beech Aircraft firm. By all ... [Read More]
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    2006
    Bell ARH-70 (Arapaho)
    The Bell ARH-70 helicopter was developed for the US Army as a possible direct replacement to the suc... [Read More]
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    1961
    Bell D-188 (XF3L / XF-109)
    In January of 1954, Bell engineers finally saw the fruits of their labor concerning the Model 65 air... [Read More]
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    1950
    Bell D-36
    The pace of technological developments concerning military aircraft during World War 2 (1939-1945) s... [Read More]
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    1945
    Bell P-59 Airacomet
    The Bell P-59 "Airacobra" became the first viable military jet-powered aircraft for the United State... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bell P-59 Airacomet

    2020
    Bell V-280 Valor
    Bell Helicopters is forging their 3rd Generation Tiltrotor concept for marketing to the United State... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Bell V-280 Valor

    1947
    Bell X-1
    Bell Aircraft Company was contracted to build three XS-1 ("Experimental Supersonic 1") rocket planes... [Read More]
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    1957
    Bell X-14 (Type 68)
    Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) with transitioning to conventional forward flying had filled th... [Read More]
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    1955
    Bell X-2 (Starbuster)
    Bell Aircraft Company was once again contracted by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (... [Read More]
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    1951
    Bell X-5
    The X-5 was an experimental single-seat, single-engine, jet-powered fighter design prototype produce... [Read More]
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    1940
    Bell XFL Airabonita
    The XFL "Airabonita" was a Bell Aircraft Company product developed in parallel with the P-39 Airacob... [Read More]
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    1937
    Bell XFM Airacuda
    The XFM "Airacuda" was Bell Aircraft's first foray into military aircraft design. With this unique b... [Read More]
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    1943
    Bell XP-52 / XP-59
    Bell provided its XP-52 design as a contender for a new United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) fighter... [Read More]
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    1944
    Bell XP-77
    The deteriorating war situations in both Europe and the Far East during World War 2 began forcing Am... [Read More]
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    1945
    Bell XP-83
    In 1942, with World War in full swing across Europe and the Pacific, work began on an American turbo... [Read More]
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    1997
    Boeing / McDonnell Douglas X-36
    The Boeing X-36 (formerly McDonnell Douglas) was a unmanned technology demonstrator and served NASA ... [Read More]
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    2004
    Boeing / Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche
    At one point, the Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche was set to become the future of U.S. Army rotary-wing avi... [Read More]
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    1947
    Boeing B-54
    ... [Read More]
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    1996
    Boeing Bird of Prey
    The realm of stealth aircraft ultimately required dedicated technology demonstrators to prove variou... [Read More]
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    1983
    Boeing Skyfox
    The Boeing Skyfox was a modification program intended to modernized the large fleet of existing Lock... [Read More]
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    2000
    Boeing X-32 JSF (Joint Stike Fighter)
    The Boeing X-32 was a prototype aircraft developed for the US military's Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) ... [Read More]
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    2002
    Boeing X-45
    The Boeing X-45 served as a proof-of-concept technology demonstrator - developed in conjunction with... [Read More]
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    2007
    Boeing X-48
    The Blended Wing Body (BWB) concept in aircraft involves just that - fixed wing elements contoured f... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing X-48

    2010
    Boeing X-51 (Waverider)
    The Boeing X-51 "Waverider" is an unmanned technology demonstrator designed to further develop the c... [Read More]
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    1937
    Boeing XB-15 (XBLR-1 / Grandpappy)
    In 1933, the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) delivered a new specification for a heavy bomber w... [Read More]
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    1947
    Boeing XB-55
    Not convinced of the reliability of, and promised performance from, early turbojet engines, the Unit... [Read More]
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    1949
    Boeing XB-59
    The merits of a jet-powered supersonic strategic bomber for the USAF during the early Cold War years... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Boeing XB-59

    1944
    Boeing XF8B
    The Boeing XF8B "do-everything" carrier-based fighter-bomber prototype of World War 2 (1939-1945) em... [Read More]
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    1928
    Boeing XP-8
    Following World War 1 (1914-1918), the aircraft as a military platform advanced beyond its original ... [Read More]
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    1938
    Boeing Y1B-20
    Leading up to its famous stable of World War 2 heavy bombers, Boeing undertook a variety of projects... [Read More]
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    1931
    Boeing YB-9 (Death Angel)
    Long before Boeing became a household name with its B-17 "Flying Fortress" bombers of World War 2 fa... [Read More]
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    1943
    Brewster XA-32
    The United States Army Air Corps appreciated the tactical scope of the German Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 8... [Read More]
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    1947
    Consolidated Vultee Downey
    World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased to American warplanners the need to invest in "penetration fighter... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated Vultee Downey

    1953
    CONVAIR F2Y Sea Dart
    The concept of a jet-powered "seaplane fighter" had long been on the minds of military aircraft engi... [Read More]
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    1949
    CONVAIR Skate
    With advances being made in turbojet technology - and aeronautics in general - during the latter par... [Read More]
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    1949
    CONVAIR XA-44 (XB-53)
    The period immediately following World War 2 (1939-1945) provided aeronautical engineers with a new ... [Read More]
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    1947
    CONVAIR XB-46
    American authorities were not blind to the advances in military combat aircraft being made by the Ge... [Read More]
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    1954
    CONVAIR XFY Pogo
    ... [Read More]
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    1911
    Curtiss A-1 Triad (Model E)
    Like the United States Army's air service of the early 20th century, the United States Navy (USN) ai... [Read More]
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    1948
    Curtiss Proposal II
    Following World War 2 (1939-1945) and coinciding with the rise of the jet age, many American aviatio... [Read More]
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    1944
    Curtiss XF14C
    Curtiss Aircraft enjoyed success with its inline piston-engined P-40 "Warhawk" series of fighters wh... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss XF14C

    1945
    Curtiss XF15C
    World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased both the pinnacle of the propeller-driven aircraft design and the ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss XF15C

    1939
    Curtiss XP-42
    The Curtiss XP-42 was a further development of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk model though it would share som... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss XP-42

    1941
    Curtiss XP-46
    The smallish XP-46 was to be the answer for the deficiencies encountered in the P-40 Warhawk platfor... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss XP-46

    1941
    Curtiss XP-60
    Many attempts by many American companies were made to replace outmoded and outgoing fighters in serv... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss XP-60

    1943
    Curtiss XP-62
    Curtiss Aeroplane's success in delivering a U.S. Army fighter was in the classic P-40 "Warhawk" line... [Read More]
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    1943
    Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender
    The XP-55 Ascender was an unorthodox attempt by the Curtiss-Wright company that produced just three ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender

    1948
    Curtiss-Wright XP-87 / XF-87 Blackhawk
    The XF-87 was a failed proposal attempted by the Curtiss-Wright aircraft design bureau to meet an Ai... [Read More]
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    2010
    DARPA Falcon HTV-2
    Billed as the "World's Fastest Airplane", the Falcon HTV-2 ("Hypersonic Technology Vehicle") is a lo... [Read More]
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    2012
    DARPA KQ-X (Global Hawk)
    KQ-X is a program designation commissioned by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) of t... [Read More]
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    1954
    Douglas A2D Skyshark
    The Douglas A2D "Skyshark" grew out of a post-World War 2 United States Navy (USN) need for a prop-d... [Read More]
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    1947
    Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak (Phase 1)
    World War 2 (1939-1945) sparked a research boom for American aviation - particularly concerning the ... [Read More]
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    1948
    Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (Phase 2)
    Prior to the end of World War 2 (1939-1945), the US Navy teamed with National Advisory Committee for... [Read More]
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    1956
    Douglas F5D Skylancer
    Developed to fulfill a United States Navy (USN) requirement for a carrier-based supersonic fighter, ... [Read More]
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    1952
    Douglas X-3 (Stiletto)
    The Douglas X-3 existed purely as a research aircraft, designed to study the barrier of sustained, s... [Read More]
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    1941
    Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)
    Douglas Aircraft played a major role in American aviation from the 1920s into the 1960s, encompassin... [Read More]
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    1944
    Douglas XB-31 (Raidmaster) (Model 423)
    The Douglas XB-31 "Raidmaster" became one of four submissions passed along to the United States Army... [Read More]
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    1944
    Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster
    World War 2 (1939-1945) provided American aeronautical engineers with something of a blank canvas wh... [Read More]
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    1946
    Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster
    Born from the XB-42 "Mixmaster" program - which sought a unique solution for a budget-conscious medi... [Read More]
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    1945
    Douglas XTB2D Skypirate
    Throughout World War 2 (1939-1945), the United States Navy pushed its ever-growing stable of carrier... [Read More]
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    1943
    Fisher XP-75 / P-75 Eagle
    General Motors became a major player in the American manufacturing realm when World War 2 arrived fo... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Fisher XP-75 / P-75 Eagle

    2016
    General Atomics Sea Avenger
    The United States Navy's "Unmanned, Carrier-Launched, Airborne Surveillance and Strike" (UCLASS) pro... [Read More]
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    1982
    General Dynamics F-16XL
    What began life as a General Dynamics research project evolved into a United States Air Force conten... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the General Dynamics F-16XL

    1945
    Goodyear F2G Super Corsair
    Goodyear was one of the companies charged with large-scale production of the classic, war-winning Vo... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Goodyear F2G Super Corsair

    1950
    Goodyear GA-17
    GA-17 was the project designation allotted to a Goodyear Aircraft design attempting to fulfill a Uni... [Read More]
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    1953
    Grumman Sapphire Cougar
    As the age of the jet fighter was getting its feet underneath, longtime fighter supplier Grumman app... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman Sapphire Cougar

    1982
    Grumman X-29
    The Grumman X-29 aircraft was a technology demonstrator appearing in the latter years of the Cold Wa... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman X-29

    1952
    Grumman XF10F Jaguar
    The Model 83 was a submission put forward by Grumman to the United States Navy (USN) as a single-sea... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman XF10F Jaguar

    1940
    Grumman XF5F Skyrocket
    Before the unique, twin-engined Grumman XP-50 popped up on U.S. Army radars prior to World War 2 (19... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Grumman XF5F Skyrocket

    1941
    Grumman XP-50 (Skyrocket)
    Firmly entrenched as an aircraft supplier to the United States Navy, the Grumman aircraft company se... [Read More]
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    1927
    Huff-Daland XHB-1 Cyclops
    For years in the decade following World War 1 (1914-1918) the Huff-Daland Aero Corporation attempted... [Read More]
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    1935
    Hughes H-1 (Hughes 1B)
    The H-1 (also known as the "Hughes 1B") model was the first product of the Hughes Aircraft firm and ... [Read More]
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    1943
    Hughes Model D-2 (XP-73 / XA-37)
    The Hughes Model D-2 was born around 1937 to compete for the US Army Air Corp's (USAAC) contract for... [Read More]
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    1966
    Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach)
    The Hughes OH-6 "Cayuse" (popularly recognized as the "Loach") was a revolutionary light helicopter ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (Loach)

    1946
    Hughes XR-11 / XF-11
    Though only achieving prototype form, the XF-11 was one of the darling designs of famed American avi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Hughes XR-11 / XF-11

    1942
    Kaiser-Fleetwings XA-39
    To help fulfill a standing U.S. Army attack aircraft requirement, little-known Kaiser-Fleetwings dev... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Kaiser-Fleetwings XA-39

    1945
    Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK
    The "escort carrier" was adopted by the United States Navy during World War 2 (1939-1945) to provide... [Read More]
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    1927
    Keystone XLB-3
    As promising as the performance jump from the Martin MB-2 to the Huff-Daland LB-1 series was, Army a... [Read More]
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    1967
    Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne
    The AH-56 Cheyenne was Lockheed's first and only foray into development of a production helicopter. ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne

    1942
    Lockheed L-133 Starjet
    Jet-powered flight was a concept already taking hold even before the events of World War 2 1939-1945... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed L-133 Starjet

    2005
    Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)
    The Lockheed Martin "Polecat" was a private venture high-altitude, Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flyi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin Polecat (P-175)

    2013
    Lockheed Martin X-56A (MUTT)
    Flutter affects the wing assemblies of any aircraft at speed, causing a violent oscillation to take ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed Martin X-56A (MUTT)

    2030
    Lockheed SR-72
    Developed with the same primary mission as the Cold War-era SR-71 "Blackbird", the new high-speed, h... [Read More]
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    2025
    Lockheed TR-X
    The United States Air Force (USAF) is seeking to retire its aging line of Lockheed U-2 spy planes as... [Read More]
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    1943
    Lockheed XB-30 (Model L-249)
    Before the Boeing B-29 "Superfortress" made its introduction in 1944 and forever changed the directi... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Lockheed XB-30 (Model L-249)

    1954
    Lockheed XFV (Salmon)
    The Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) fighter aircraft had always been on the minds of aeronautic... [Read More]
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    1942
    Lockheed XP-49
    The XP-49 was a development of the Lockheed Corporation during World War 2 (1939-1945) as a possible... [Read More]
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    1944
    Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning
    The XP-58 "Chain Lightning" was initially envisioned as a larger version of the successful Lockheed ... [Read More]
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    1949
    Lockheed XP-90 / XF-90
    On August 28th, 1945, the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) announced a new requirement calling ... [Read More]
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    1955
    Martin P6M SeaMaster
    The Cold War (1947-1991) period was one of technological advancement whose momentum was driven by de... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin P6M SeaMaster

    1969
    Martin X-24A
    ... [Read More]
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    1973
    Martin X-24B
    ... [Read More]
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    1942
    Martin XB-33 Super Marauder
    Before World War 2 (1939-1945), authorities within the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) became p... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Martin XB-33 Super Marauder

    1947
    Martin XB-48
    World War 2 (1939-1945) saw the rise of turbojet technology for future military aircraft application... [Read More]
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    1949
    Martin XB-51
    Developed as a low-level bomber and ground attack platform for the then-United States Army Air Force... [Read More]
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    1983
    McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
    The McDonnell Douglas A-12 "Avenger II" was slated to become the United States Navy's (USN) first st... [Read More]
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    1948
    McDonnell Model 60
    Before the close of World War 2 (1939-1945), and in the period immediately following, the United Sta... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell Model 60

    1948
    McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (Parasite Fighter)
    The XF-85 Goblin was an attempt by the McDonnell bureau to realize the dream of a "parasite fighter"... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin (Parasite Fighter)

    1948
    McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo
    World War 2 (1939-1945) showcased to American warplanners the importance of "escort fighters" for th... [Read More]
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    1943
    McDonnell XP-67 Bat / Moonbat
    The XP-67 was the first attempt by the McDonnell corporation to build a fighter for the United State... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the McDonnell XP-67 Bat / Moonbat

    1953
    North American X-10
    ... [Read More]
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    1959
    North American X-15
    The North American X-15 was the culmination of the rocket powered research aircraft that peppered th... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American X-15

    1942
    North American XB-28 (Dragon)
    North American, the U.S. aviation concern fondly remembered for its World War 2 contributions throug... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American XB-28 (Dragon)

    1964
    North American XB-70 Valkyrie
    In the decades following World War 2 (1939-1945) there stood a period of immense achievements relate... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American XB-70 Valkyrie

    1955
    North American XF-108 Rapier
    The prospect of high speed, high altitude bombers captivated war planners on both sides of the Cold ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American XF-108 Rapier

    1956
    North American YF-107 (Ultra Sabre)
    The North American YF-107 "Ultra Sabre" prototype represented the final foray into military aviation... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the North American YF-107 (Ultra Sabre)

    1950
    North American YF-93
    At the close of World War 2 (1939-1945), with the jet age dawning on engineers and military warplann... [Read More]
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    1982
    Northrop F-20 Tigershark
    The Northrop F-20 Tigershark was a further evolution of the F-5 Tiger II line, specifically the F-5E... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop F-20 Tigershark

    2015
    Northrop Grumman / Bell Fire-X (MQ-8C)
    The Fire-X is being jointly developed as a full-size Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by Northrop Grumm... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Grumman / Bell Fire-X (MQ-8C)

    2032
    Northrop Grumman B-21 (LRS-B)
    On February 26th, 2016, the designation of "B-21" was revealed for the upcoming Northrop Grumman LRS... [Read More]
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    2015
    Northrop Grumman RQ-180
    The existence of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was unveiled by the Unite... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180

    2003
    Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
    The X-47A "Pegasus" stealthy technology demonstrator Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) began as ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus

    2011
    Northrop Grumman X-47B
    Following the proof-of-concept demonstrator X-47A "Pegasus", the X-47B was born as a full-sized tech... [Read More]
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    1990
    Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II
    The YF-23 Black Widow II was Northrop Grumman's (along with McDonnell Douglas Corporation) answer to... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Grumman YF-23 Black Widow II

    1953
    Northrop N-102 Fang
    The rise of the turbojet engine after World War 2 (1939-1945) led to a new Golden Age for military a... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop N-102 Fang

    1941
    Northrop N-1M
    John "Jack" Northrop long held a fascination with the "flying wing" concept, an aircraft that did no... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop N-1M

    1942
    Northrop N-9M
    Before the famous Northrop B-2 "Spirit" stealth bomber became a reality, Jack Northrop persevered in... [Read More]
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    1982
    Northrop Tacit Blue
    In late 1976 Northrop was to design, develop and build an experimental reconnaissance-minded stealth... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop Tacit Blue

    1948
    Northrop X-4 Bantam
    The compact Northrop X-4 "Bantam" research aircraft was built by the Northrop Corporation for the Na... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop X-4 Bantam

    1946
    Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
    The concept of the flying wing bomber had been on the minds of aeronautical engineers for quite some... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop XB-35 / YB-35

    1943
    Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet
    The XP-56 "Black Bullet" was a "pursuit fighter" designed by the Northrop Corporation to a United St... [Read More]
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    1945
    Northrop XP-79
    The concept of the flying wing had been around since the dawn of flight and made more so intriguing ... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop XP-79

    1947
    Northrop YB-49
    The YB-49 strategic bomber prototype came about as an extension of the ultimately-cancelled XB-35/YB... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop YB-49

    1972
    Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)
    The YF-17 Cobra was a Northrop Aviation creation through NASA to support further testing and researc... [Read More]
    Thumbnail picture of the Northrop YF-17 (Cobra)

    2007
    Piasecki X-49 Speedhawk
    The compound helicopter has been a concept in play for decades since conceived of in the mid-1930s. ... [Read More]
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    2008
    Piper PA-47 PiperJet
    ... [Read More]
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    1946
    Republic P-47 (Turbobolt)
    By the end of 1944, the Germans had pushed the Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" into operational serv... [Read More]
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    1956
    Republic XF-103 (Thunderwarrior)
    Before ground-based missiles provided the basis for viable air defense systems, the "interceptor" co... [Read More]
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    1946
    Republic XF-12 Rainbow
    During World War 2, the Republic Aviation name was primarily tied to the excellent P-47 "Thunderbolt... [Read More]
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    1955
    Republic XF-84H Thunderscreech
    The Republic XF-84H was an experimental airframe based on the jet-powered, single-seat Republic F-84... [Read More]
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    1949
    Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor
    After World War 2 and during the early Cold War years, the American government now faced the Soviet ... [Read More]
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    1944
    Republic XP-72 Super Thunderbolt
    The Republic XP-72 Wasp Major-powered "Super Thunderbolt" was being developed in the latter part of ... [Read More]
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    1977
    Rockwell XFV-12
    The Rockwell XFV-12 aircraft was a proposed design attempting to fulfill a United States Navy (USN) ... [Read More]
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    1968
    Ryan AQM-91 Firefly / Compass Arrow
    Teledyne Ryan / Ryan Aeronautical produced the AQM-91 "Firefly" as a stealth-minded, high-altitude, ... [Read More]
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    1927
    Ryan NYP (Spirit of St. Louis)
    The Ryan NYP that was flown by aviation pioneer Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974) was a heavily-modif... [Read More]
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    1953
    Ryan X-13 Vertijet
    The Ryan X-13 "Vertijet" was an experimental program of the 1950s funded by the United States Air Fo... [Read More]
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    1946
    Ryan XF2R Dark Shark
    The Ryan "Dark Shark" was an impressive developmental hybrid fighter design considered for service w... [Read More]
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    1970
    Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk
    Before the US Army's ubiquitous workhorse transport/utility helicopter - the Sikorsky UH-60 "Black H... [Read More]
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    2020
    Sikorsky S-97 Raider
    While helicopters have evolved since their mainstream inception in the 1950s, the "rotorcraft" has r... [Read More]
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    1938
    Stearman XA-21
    The U.S. Army's road to the classic twin-engined attack aircraft of World War 2 (1939-1945) was a lo... [Read More]
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    1946
    Vought F6U Pirate
    The Chance Vought V-340 was part of the submissions made to the United States Navy (USN) intending t... [Read More]
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    1942
    Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
    Charles Zimmerman (1908-1996) served as an aeronautical engineer through most of his life and operat... [Read More]
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    1943
    Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
    The promising nature of the Vought V-173 technology demonstrator produced a US Navy fighter contract... [Read More]
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    1958
    Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III
    The XF8U-3 "Crusader III" was a Chance Vought Mach 2-capable prototype series intended to fulfill th... [Read More]
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    1944
    Vultee XA-41
    It was during September of 1942 that the United States Army commissioned the Vultee Aircraft concern... [Read More]
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    1943
    Vultee XP-54 Swoose Goose
    The Vultee XP-54 was one of the more distinct aircraft creations designed during World War 2. Produc... [Read More]
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    1945
    Vultee XP-81
    The Consolidated Vultee XP-81 was a proposed long-range, high-altitude fighter design that was to be... [Read More]
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    1923
    Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 (Barling Bomber)
    The Witteman-Lewis XNBL-1 (popularly known as the "Barling Bomber") was an ambitious heavy bomber de... [Read More]
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    1903
    Wright Flyer
    Though the prospect of manned flight had been around for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years, it... [Read More]
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