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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 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 [ 31 ] Flying Wing Aircraft entries 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.
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1
Picture of the ANSU-200
National Flag Graphic
2022
ANSU-200
Low-Observable Stealth UAV
2
Picture of the Armstrong Whitworth AW.52
National Flag Graphic
1947
Armstrong Whitworth AW.52
Experimental Flying Wing Aircraft
3
Picture of the Avia Systems ASU-1 (Valkyrja)
National Flag Graphic
2020
Avia Systems ASU-1 (Valkyrja)
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) / Reconnaissance Drone
4
Picture of the BAe Magma
National Flag Graphic
2017
BAe Magma
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Technology Demonstrator
5
Picture of the BAe Systems Taranis
National Flag Graphic
2020
BAe Systems Taranis
Technology Demonstrator / Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV)
6
Picture of the Bell D-35
National Flag Graphic
1946
Bell D-35
Rocket-Powered Bomber-Interceptor Proposal
7
Picture of the Belyayev DB-LK
National Flag Graphic
1939
Belyayev DB-LK
Long-Range Bomber Prototype
8
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
National Flag Graphic
1943
Blohm and Voss Bv Ae 607
Flying Wing Fighter Design Study
9
Picture of the CASC CH-7
National Flag Graphic
2022
CASC CH-7
High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) Stealth Combat Drone
10
Picture of the DRDO AFW (Autonomous Flying Wing)
National Flag Graphic
2022
DRDO AFW (Autonomous Flying Wing)
Technology Demonstrator
11
Picture of the Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
National Flag Graphic
1944
Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
Jet-Powered Medium Fast Bomber Concept
12
Picture of the Horten Ho IX / Ho 229
National Flag Graphic
1945
Horten Ho IX / Ho 229
Jet-Powered Flying Wing / Fighter-Bomber
13
Picture of the Horten Ho X
National Flag Graphic
1944
Horten Ho X
Flying Wing Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
14
Picture of the Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
National Flag Graphic
1945
Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
Heavy Bomber Flying Wing Proposal
15
Picture of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel (Wraith)
National Flag Graphic
2007
Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel (Wraith)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
16
Picture of the McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
National Flag Graphic
1983
McDonnell Douglas / General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II
Carrier-based Strike Aircraft Proposal
17
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me 329 (Zerstorer)
National Flag Graphic
1946
Messerschmitt Me 329 (Zerstorer)
Heavy Fighter / Bomber Destroyer / Ground Attack Aircraft Proposal
18
Picture of the Messerschmitt Me P.08-01 (Amerika Bomber)
National Flag Graphic
1941
Messerschmitt Me P.08-01 (Amerika Bomber)
Multirole Heavy Flying Wing Aircraft Proposal
19
Picture of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
National Flag Graphic
1997
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Strategic Heavy Bomber / Stealth Bomber
20
Picture of the Northrop Grumman RQ-180
National Flag Graphic
2015
Northrop Grumman RQ-180
Reconnaissance Stealth UAV
21
Picture of the Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
National Flag Graphic
2003
Northrop Grumman X-47A Pegasus
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
22
Picture of the Northrop Grumman X-47B
National Flag Graphic
2011
Northrop Grumman X-47B
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
23
Picture of the Northrop N-1M
National Flag Graphic
1941
Northrop N-1M
Flying Wing Research Aircraft
24
Picture of the Northrop N-9M
National Flag Graphic
1942
Northrop N-9M
Flying Wing Prototype Aircraft
25
Picture of the Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
National Flag Graphic
1946
Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
Flying Wing Strategic Bomber Prototype
26
Picture of the Northrop XP-79
National Flag Graphic
1945
Northrop XP-79
Bomber-Rammer / Bomber-Interceptor
27
Picture of the Northrop YB-49
National Flag Graphic
1947
Northrop YB-49
Flying Wing Bomber Prototype
28
Picture of the SAI Saegheh (Thunderbolt)
National Flag Graphic
2016
SAI Saegheh (Thunderbolt)
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV)
29
Picture of the Sukhoi Su-70 Okhotnik (Hunter)
National Flag Graphic
2024
Sukhoi Su-70 Okhotnik (Hunter)
6th Generation Reconnaissance / UCAV Drone
30
Picture of the Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
National Flag Graphic
1942
Vought V-173 (Flying Pancake)
Experimental Fighter Aircraft
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31
Picture of the Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
National Flag Graphic
1943
Vought XF5U (Flying Flapjack)
Experimental Fighter Aircraft

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