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Boeing X-53 AAW (Active Aeroelastic Wing) - United States, 2006

Detailing the development and operational history of the Boeing X-53 AAW (Active Aeroelastic Wing) Experimental Aircraft.

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The Boeing X-53 AAW is based on the FA-18 Hornet series fighter with all-new wing technology.

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Boeing X-53 AAW Specifications

Service Year: 2006
Type: Experimental Aircraft
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Boeing Company / McDonnell Douglas / Northrop Grumman / NASA - USA
Total Production: 1

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 1
Overall Length: 56.10 feet (17.1 meters)
Overall Width: 38.39 feet (11.70 meters)
Overall Height: 15.26 feet (4.65 meters)

Weight (MTOW): 39,022 lb (17,700 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x General Electric F404-GE-400 turbofan engines developing 16,000 lb of thrust each.

Maximum Speed: 1,034 knots (1,190 mph; 1,915 kph)
Maximum Range: 1,620 nautical miles (1,864 miles; 3,000 km)
Service Ceiling: 49,213 feet (15,000 meters; 9.32 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 50,000 feet-per-minute (15,240 m/min)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

United States

Model Variants

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

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