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Ryan XV-5 Vertifan

Experimental VTOL Aircraft

The Ryan XV-5 Vertifan was a US Army funded experimental VTOL platform of the 1960s - two prototypes were completed.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 6/4/2018
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Year: 1964
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Manufacturer(s): Ryan Aeronautical - USA
Production: 2
Crew: 1
Length: 44.46 ft (13.55 m)
Width: 29.86 ft (9.1 m)
Height: 14.76 ft (4.5 m)
Weight (Empty): 7,540 lb (3,420 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 13,603 lb (6,170 kg)
Power: 2 x General Electric J85-GE-5 turbojet engines developing 2,658lb of thrust each; 2 x General Electric X353-5 tip-drive lift fan developing 7,500lb of thrust each; 1 x General Electric X353-5 tip-drive lift fan.
Speed: 547 mph (880 kph; 475 kts)
Ceiling: 39,370 feet (12,000 m; 7.46 miles)
Range: 1,000 miles (1,610 km; 869 nm)
Rate-of-Climb: 8,000 ft/min (2,438 m/min)
Operators: United States (retired)



Variants / Models

• XV-5 "Vertifan" - Base Series Designation
• XV-5A - Initial flyable aircraft; two completed to same design standard; second prototype crashing.
• XV-5B - Second prototype rebuilt/modified post-crash with improved control scheme; uprated list engines.
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