Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Postby CJS on Thu 21 Dec 2017, 8:53 pm

Anhedral wrote:
Boeing X-32B
The other contender for the JSF contest that brought us the F-35 Lightning. The X-32B has full conventional and VTOL take off performance but was ultimately unsuccessful. Pictured preserved at NAS Patuxent River Museum
ImageBoeing X-32B NAS Patuxent River Museum by Paul Nelhams, on Flickr



Is it me, or is this just a pregnant F-35 anyway?
"Forewarned is forearmed"
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Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Postby Skyflash on Mon 08 Jan 2018, 1:57 pm

Somehow managed to miss this as well... awesome thread!

Here's one from Oshkosh 2016 - damned thing trundled in to land and then went and sat on the far-side of the airfield, a million miles from the waiting cameras :sad:

Imageby Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

...and a small selection of the weird and wonderful from Zhukovsky:

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Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Postby Skyflash on Tue 09 Jan 2018, 11:45 am

In fact I'm enjoying this thread so much that here's a few more, starting with something truly deranged from the (excellent) aviation museum in Krakow:

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

:dizzy:

And here's a few more of the weird, wacky and wonderful from magical Monino:

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

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by Gordon Duncan, on Flickr

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And finally... yes, this is an aircraft. Well, sort of. It's a WIG (wing-in-ground)-effect air vehicle, or Ekranoplan, designed for skimming just above the surface of the water. The most (in)famous example of this type of craft was the so-called 'Caspian Sea Monster', and a surviving example of the concept (an A-90 Orlyonok) can be seen sitting on a lake on the outskirts of Moscow. This here is a Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 - such a shame to see it tucked away on a remote corner of the airfield and clearly in a desperately poor state of repair, though I read somewhere that there are still hopes that it might be properly restored:

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Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Postby jalfrezi on Tue 09 Jan 2018, 6:25 pm

No love for the French?

Mirage III prototype, showing the area ruled fuselage.
ImageDassault Mirage IIIA - 10 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

How about a swing-wing Mirage?
ImageDassault Mirage G8-01 - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

...or even a VTOL Mirage!
ImageDassault Mirage III.V - 6 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Mirage 2000 prototype
ImageDassault Mirage 2000-01 - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Of course you could just slap another engine in and call it Super.
ImageDassault Super Mirage 4000 - 1 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr

Last but by no means least, the Rafale prototype.
ImageDassault Rafale A - 4 by Nick Jennings, on Flickr
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Re: Prototype, Test, & Experimental Aircraft Thread

Postby buccs2b on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 10:17 am

From a trip to the US a while back, all from Edwards AFB

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ImageEDW9610_0001 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0002 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0003 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0006 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0008 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0010 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0011 by Tony Adams, on Flickr

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ImageEDW9610_0012 by Tony Adams, on Flickr
I hear gliders
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