The Future of Aerospace is X
X-Planes: Special Edition of Aerotech News and Review
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“The Future of Aerospace is X!” Thanks for checking out our X-Planes issue, a special publication of Aerotech News and Review. When people hear the term “X-Planes” they often think of cutting edge aircraft used to test technology. Some of the most famous X-Planes are the Bell X-1 in which Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, the X-15 in which multiple pilots earned their astronaut wings, and the X-35 that later became the F-35 Lightning II fighter. However, not all X-Planes are aircraft (some are rockets and missiles), and not all aircraft that have the ‘X’ in their name are officially designated as X-Planes. In this special edition, we look at the role that X-Planes have played in the history of flight test, and look at the background of some of the well-known programs mentioned here; a few of the lesser-known experimental aircraft, and the heroic pilots who put themselves on the line to push the envelope and advance the art and science of modern aviation. Click on the link below for your free digital copy of our X-Planes issue, viewable on your desktop or mobile device.
Here’s a preview of what you’ll find in this special edition:
- X = Experimental, to the highest power: page 2
- Bell X-1: establishing the research aircraft concept at the speed of sound: page 4
- Ryan X-13 and Hiller X-18 – vertical takeoff and landing: page 12
- X-15 Hypersonic Research Program: page 13
- Bell X-16: The X-Plane that wasn’t: page 14
- X-29 Advanced Technology Demonstrator Aircraft: page 16
- Building the JSF – Boeing X-32/Lockheed Martin X-35: page 17
- Lockheed Martin X-59 QueSST – turning the sonic boom into a thump: page 21
AND the Douglas X-3 Stiletto, Bell X-5, Curtiss-Wright X-19, Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar, X-57 Maxwell — all in this special issue of Aerotech News and Review! Hard copies of this special edition are available at our usual delivery points in our California, Arizona and Nevada service areas. Pick one up when you’re out and about, or click on the link below and access a free digital copy. “Like” our Facebook page for daily news updates, or visit our website, www.aerotechnews.com. As always, THANK YOU for your support – it’s our privilege to serve you! Be safe, and be well. #aerotechnews #eafbnews #AerospaceValley #nellisafbnews #creechafbnews #desertlightningnews #lukeafbnews #lukethunderbolt #dmafbnews #XPlanes