Just in case any of you whippersnappers didn't see the classic version, here it is. (Sarge is on the left). Hope you've got 1+15 available.
In any case, in lieu of content regarding the circus that occurred recently in Cleveland and is ongoing in Philadelphia (P'tui!), we'll show the class some pictures of experimental aircraft at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
The last building in the museum also is divided into two sections. The right section is dominated by the sole surviving XB-70, but is surrounded by experimental aircraft never intended for development (denoted by an X), experimental aircraft built for testing new configurations/technologies (denoted by an X and another letter F for Fighter, B for Bomber etc) as well as some prototype aircraft (denoted by a Y).
Given that a lot of these aircraft were built in the '50s and '60s, they had very exotic looks to them, and flew in flight envelopes that would be difficult to achieve even today.
Needless to say, I was enthused! So let's get started, shall we?
Only 3 X-15s were built, and one was destroyed in a crash along with its pilot, Major Michael Adams. This was #2 and was the fastest, achieving Mach 6.7. The two pontoons are actually fuel tanks.
It wasn't until I prepped the pictures for this post that I noticed something very unusual about the aircraft, and I don't know why the aircraft is configured this way.
Here's another picture. See if you notice the difference.
|See it? *|
Right beside it was this X-bird. If you ever watched "The 6 Million Dollar Man" , you saw this aircraft, albeit not at its best, in the opening credits. The footage was from a crash on landing of the X-24
Similar in design to Glamorous Glennis, Chuck Yeager's Mach 1 buster (less the orange paint of course), the X-1B had the bigger engine that the X-1A tested while incorporating into the design a more efficient wing. It also looks like it has a canopy instead of the low visibility windows in the original.
|X-24A -Actually this was a trainer and never flew. The X-24A that did fly was converted to the X-24B in the background.|
Here's that video (I spent a lot of time watching that show).
The X-24B was a much more aesthetically pleasing aircraft. That having been said, it still looks like it got a significant beating with the ugly stick.
|Perhaps it's the paint job|
I read a book when I was a kid about Scott Crossfield and this next aircraft, and always thought it was a cool airplane. Couldn't find the title on Amazon though.
|The Douglas X-3|
Cool as it looked in the book, it was even cooler close up.
The forward swept wings kept the airflow on the control surfaces longer, so the aircraft remained controllable at very high Angles of Attack, where other aircraft might depart controlled flight (AKA a bad thing).
|X-10, if you like it's looks, you'll have to visit. This is the only one remaining.|
|X-13 (Yes, that is the tail of an F-107 in the background. Good Eyes)|
Egregious attempt to elicit comments!
|UFO's are REAL! and in Dayton, not Area 51|
The X-36 was designed to test the capabilities of Tailless aircraft. Evidently, aviation technology has improved since 1948 as this program was a success.
* The right side of the cockpit is oval while the left is covered with a rectangular shielding.