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Flying Wing Aircraft

The flying wing has long since been on the mind of aeronautical engineers - certainly long before the arrival of the famous Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

Flying Wing Aircraft

The flying wing has long since been on the mind of aeronautical engineers - certainly long before the arrival of the famous Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

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Flying Wing Aircraft are typified by their lack of a true tail section and can also lack vertical surfaces. The wings are further blended into the fuselage, the arrangement promoting a large-area vair ehicle in which the internal volume is greater than a conventionally-arranged aircraft. Flying wings generally exhibit longer operational ranges, stronger handling characteristics (due to increased drag and lift), and carry more fuel and armament. Classic examples of flying wings are the German World War 2-era Horten Go 229 and the modern-day Northrop Grumman B-2 'Spirit' stealth bomber. Many in-service and upcoming UAV forms are also relying more and more on the flying wing arrangement.

There are a total of 25 Flying Wing Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.






A
1
1947
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Armstrong Whitworth AW.52
Armstrong Whitworth AW.52
Experimental Flying Wing Aircraft
B
2
2017
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the BAe Magma
BAe Magma
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Technology Demonstrator
B
3
2020
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the BAe Systems Taranis
BAe Systems Taranis
Technology Demonstrator / Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)
B
4
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
Flying Wing Fighter Design Study
C
5
2022
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the CASC CH-7
CASC CH-7
High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) Stealth Combat Drone
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F
6
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
Jet-Powered Medium Fast Bomber Concept
H
7
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Horten Ho IX / Ho 229
Horten Ho IX / Ho 229
Jet-Powered Flying Wing / Fighter-Bomber
H
8
1944
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Horten Ho X
Horten Ho X
Flying Wing Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
H
9
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
Heavy Bomber Flying Wing Proposal
L
10
2007
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel (Wraith)
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel (Wraith)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
M
11
1983
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
Carrier-based Strike Aircraft Proposal
M
12
1946
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me 329 (Zerstorer)
Messerschmitt Me 329 (Zerstorer)
Heavy Fighter / Bomber Destroyer / Ground Attack Aircraft Proposal
M
13
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me P.08-01 (Amerika Bomber)
Messerschmitt Me P.08-01 (Amerika Bomber)
Multirole Heavy Flying Wing Aircraft Proposal
N
14
1997
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Strategic Heavy Bomber / Stealth Bomber
N
15
2015
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180
Northrop Grumman RQ-180
Reconnaissance Stealth UAV
N
16
2003
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
N
17
2011
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop Grumman X-47B
Northrop Grumman X-47B
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
N
18
1941
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop N-1M
Northrop N-1M
Flying Wing Research Aircraft
N
19
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop N-9M
Northrop N-9M
Flying Wing Prototype Aircraft
N
20
1946
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
Flying Wing Strategic Bomber Prototype
N
21
1945
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop XP-79
Northrop XP-79
Bomber-Rammer / Bomber-Interceptor
N
22
1947
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Northrop YB-49
Northrop YB-49
Flying Wing Bomber Prototype
S
23
2023
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-70 Okhotnik (Hunter)
Sukhoi Su-70 Okhotnik (Hunter)
6th Generation Reconnaissance / UCAV Drone
V
24
1942
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
Experimental Fighter Aircraft
V
25
1943
National Flag Graphic
Picture of the Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
Experimental Fighter Aircraft


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