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Boeing X-53 AAW (Active Aeroelastic Wing)

Experimental Aircraft

Boeing X-53 AAW (Active Aeroelastic Wing)

Experimental Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Boeing X-53 AAW is based on the FA-18 Hornet series fighter with all-new wing technology.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2006
MANUFACTURER(S): Boeing Company / McDonnell Douglas / Northrop Grumman / NASA - USA
PRODUCTION: 1
OPERATORS: United States
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Boeing X-53 AAW (Active Aeroelastic Wing) model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 56.10 feet (17.1 meters)
WIDTH: 38.39 feet (11.7 meters)
HEIGHT: 15.26 feet (4.65 meters)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 39,022 pounds (17,700 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofan engines developing 16,000 lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 1,190 miles-per-hour (1915 kilometers-per-hour; 1,034 knots)
RANGE: 1,864 miles (3,000 kilometers; 1,620 nautical miles)
CEILING: 49,213 feet (15,000 meters; 9.32 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 50,000 feet-per-minute (15,240 meters-per-minute)




ARMAMENT



None.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• X-53 - Base Product Designation; single example completed from F/A-18 airframe.






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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 1200mph
Lo: 600mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (1,190mph).

    Graph average of 900 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the Boeing X-53 AAW's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
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UAV
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CAS
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ASW
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MEDEVAC
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Maritime/Navy
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Utility/Transport
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Passenger
Business
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue