NASA - Boeing / McDonnell Douglas - X-36 Tailless Fighter - 1/15 Scale Resin Model
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Boeing / McDonnell Douglas High Altitude Research Aircraft X-36 1/15 Scale Resin Model Price: $149.00 $14.90 s/h in continental US Scale: 1/15 DESKTOP Fully Assembled Resin Display Model
NASA completed its X-36 flight research program successfully demonstrating the feasibility of future tailless fighters to achieve agility levels superior to today's best military fighter aircraft. The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, was expected to begin its Reconfigurable Control for Tailless Fighter Aircraft (RESTORE) flight tests on the X-36 at Dryden. Ames and the Boeing Company Phantom Works developed the technologies required for a tailless fighter beginning in 1989. In 1993, the Phantom Works proposed the remotely piloted aircraft technology demonstration to validate the technologies in a real-flight environment. In 1994, Phantom Works began fabrication of the two aircraft in its rapid prototyping facility in St. Louis. The aircraft was designed and built in 28 months. NASA and Boeing were full partners in the $21 million program that was jointly funded under a roughly 50/50 cost-sharing arrangement. During NASA's X-36 flight tests, Ames led the program; Boeing conducted the flight test operation and Dryden provided range and technical support.
Additional Information The Boeing Company owns the X-36 aircraft and its Phantom Works division is developing the RESTORE technology. During the RESTORE program, the Air Force will fly the remotely piloted X-36 aircraft using neural network software to provide flight control reconfiguration during simulated damage in flight. During the original X-36 flight research program at Dryden, 31 flights were made in 25 weeks. The first flight occurred on May 17, 1997; the final flight took place on Nov. 12, 1997 and lasted 34 minutes. The X-36 flew a total of 15 hours and 38 minutes and used four different versions of flight control software. The aircraft reached an altitude of 20,200 feet and a maximum angle of attack of 40 degrees.