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List of experimental aircraft

List of experimental aircraft
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A group of 1950s NACA research aircraft

This is a list of experimental aircraft, or aircraft used or built to conduct experiments involving aerodynamics, structural materials, propulsion systems, configuration and equipment. Prototypes, pre-production and homebuilt aircraft described as experimental but which were not used in this manner outside of their own development are excluded.

Argentina

Australia

  • GAF Pika – manned test craft for drone program

Brazil

Canada

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Canadair CL-84 Dynavert tilt-wing VTOL research aircraft

France

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SNECMA Coléoptère experimental tailsitter in 1959

Finland

Germany

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Heinkel He 178 jet engine research aircraft
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Opel RAK.1 rocket engine research aircraft

Italy

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Caproni-Campini N.1/CC.2 experimental motorjet and second jet aircraft to fly

Japan

Russia/Soviet Union

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Antonov A-40 tank glider

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

United Kingdom

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Avro 707 research aircraft in formation with Avro Vulcan bomber prototypes
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Fairey Delta 2 research aircraft
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Gloster E.28/39 jet engine research aircraft
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Miles M.35 Libellula canard research aircraft
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Rolls-Royce thrust measuring rig VTOL testbed

United States

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Bell X-1 supersonic research aircraft
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Bell X-5 variable-sweep wing testbed
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North American X-15 hypersonic rocket-powered research aircraft

X-planes

Main article: List of X-planes
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Grumman X-29 forward swept wing and stability research aircraft

Other US experimental aircraft

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US Army Bell 533 high speed helicopter research aircraft
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XFV-12A on ramp at NAA in Columbus, Ohio
File:Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae 2.jpg
Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae high-altitude research aircraft – confirmed existence of jet stream
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Lifting body research aircraft – from left to right, X-24A, M2-F3 and HL-10
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Vought V-173 disk wing research aircraft

See also

References

  1. ^ Harrison, Ronald W., Gee Bee Ascender, Journal AAHS Fall 1984, p 190-191
  2. ^ Hannan, Bill, le Gee Bee qui volait a l'envers, Le Fanatique de l' Aviation, No 161, page numbers unknown
  3. ^ Eckland, K.O. (2009-04-25). "Aerofiles Vought (Chance Vought), Lewis & Vought, Vought-Sikorsky". USA: Aerofiles.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
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