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Darpa X-plane to radically rethink vertical takeoff

The latest model A4-SuperM.  The last 30 off the production line went to VMA-331.  At that time, Cherry Point, NC.  The very last was painted with the flag of every nation that bird saw duty in.  It was never flown, but washed once a week.

The latest model The last 30 off the production line went to At that time, Cherry Point, NC. The very last was painted with the flag of every nation that bird saw duty in. It was never flown, but washed once a week.

Famous picture of an Israeli F-15, flown by pilot Zivi Nedivi in 1983, who managed to return to base safely after losing an entire wing in a mid-air collision with an A-4 Skyhawk. An absolutely remarkable display of piloting skill, not to mention a fabulous demonstration of the durability of the F-15 Eagle. This is NOT a photoshop job. It really happened.

Israeli pilot Zivi Nedivi in who managed to return to base safely after losing a wing in a mid-air collision with an Skyhawk. This is NOT a photoshop job.

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Space History Photo: Test Pilot John A. Manke and Lifting Body

At a time when nuclear bombs were so large only strategic bombers could carry them, the Navy asked designers to build a jet that could fly one from a carrier. Ed Heinemann produced the versatile Douglas A3D Skywarrior, a plane that outlived the nuclear attack mission as an ELINT platform, jammer and tanker...at a light enough weight to land on a wooden-decked Essex-class carrier.

At a time when nuclear bombs were so large only strategic bombers could carry…

This is the X-24A Lifting Body. It's design proved that with a certain shape, an aircraft could develop lift without wings. This concept was later used on the Space Shuttle.  Of course, this is the vehicle the Col. Steve Austin crashed in the pilot of the 70s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man.  In that crash, he lost both legs, his right arm and his left eye, which were all later replaced by bionic versions.

On Lifting Bodies

This is the X-24A Lifting Body. It's design proved that with a certain shape, an aircraft could develop lift without wings. This concept was later used on the Space Shuttle. Of course, this is the vehicle the Col. Steve Austin crashed in the pilot of the 70s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man. In that crash, he lost both legs, his right arm and his left eye, which were all later replaced by bionic versions.

Rockwell XFV-12 Takeoff

Before Other Vertical Takeoff Fighter Jets, There was the Rockwell Prototype - Here are 5 Cool Facts

The Lockheed L-133 was designed to be the first jet fighter of the US Forces during the first half of World War II.

The Lockheed was designed in 1939 to be the first jet fighter of the US Forces during the first half of World War II. Never flew.

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