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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.






Armstrong Whitworth AW.52
Experimental Flying Wing Aircraft
Picture of the Armstrong Whitworth AW.52
001
National Flag Graphic
1947
BAe Magma
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Technology Demonstrator
Picture of the BAe Magma
002
National Flag Graphic
2017
BAe Systems Taranis
Technology Demonstrator / Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)
Picture of the BAe Systems Taranis
003
National Flag Graphic
2020
Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
Flying Wing Fighter Design Study
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
004
National Flag Graphic
1943
CASC CH-7
High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) Stealth Combat Drone
Picture of the CASC CH-7
005
National Flag Graphic
2022
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Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
Jet-Powered Medium Fast Bomber Concept
Picture of the Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
006
National Flag Graphic
1944
Horten Ho IX / Ho 229
Jet-Powered Flying Wing / Fighter-Bomber
Picture of the Horten Ho IX / Ho 229
007
National Flag Graphic
1945
Horten Ho X
Flying Wing Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Horten Ho X
008
National Flag Graphic
1944
Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
Heavy Bomber Flying Wing Proposal
Picture of the Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
009
National Flag Graphic
1945
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel (Wraith)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Picture of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel (Wraith)
0010
National Flag Graphic
2007
McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
Carrier-based Strike Aircraft Proposal
Picture of the McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
0011
National Flag Graphic
1983
Messerschmitt Me 329 (Zerstorer)
Heavy Fighter / Bomber Destroyer / Ground Attack Aircraft Proposal
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me 329 (Zerstorer)
0012
National Flag Graphic
1946
Messerschmitt Me P.08-01 (Amerika Bomber)
Multirole Heavy Flying Wing Aircraft Proposal
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me P.08-01 (Amerika Bomber)
0013
National Flag Graphic
1941
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Strategic Heavy Bomber / Stealth Bomber
Picture of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
0014
National Flag Graphic
1997
Northrop Grumman RQ-180
Reconnaissance Stealth UAV
Picture of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180
0015
National Flag Graphic
2015
Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
Picture of the Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
0016
National Flag Graphic
2003
Northrop Grumman X-47B
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
Picture of the Northrop Grumman X-47B
0017
National Flag Graphic
2011
Northrop N-1M
Flying Wing Research Aircraft
Picture of the Northrop N-1M
0018
National Flag Graphic
1941
Northrop N-9M
Flying Wing Prototype Aircraft
Picture of the Northrop N-9M
0019
National Flag Graphic
1942
Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
Flying Wing Strategic Bomber Prototype
Picture of the Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
0020
National Flag Graphic
1946
Northrop XP-79
Bomber-Rammer / Bomber-Interceptor
Picture of the Northrop XP-79
0021
National Flag Graphic
1945
Northrop YB-49
Flying Wing Bomber Prototype
Picture of the Northrop YB-49
0022
National Flag Graphic
1947
Sukhoi Su-70 Okhotnik (Hunter)
6th Generation Reconnaissance / UCAV Drone
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-70 Okhotnik (Hunter)
0023
National Flag Graphic
2023
Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
Experimental Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
0024
National Flag Graphic
1942
Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
Experimental Fighter Aircraft
Picture of the Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
0025
National Flag Graphic
1943


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