The Boeing Bird of Prey was a black project single-seat stealth aircraft, developed and manufactured by Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. It is a technology demonstrator, which is not expected to enter service capability. With a development cost of only $67 milion USD it was a very low-cost project in comparison to other stealth aircraft.
DevelopmentEditThe Bird of Prey was designed to test active camouflage. Because it is a technology demonstrator, the Bird of Prey uses a fly-by-wire sytem, but its static stability is sufficient enough for it to fly without a fly-by-wire system.
Its control system is entirely manual, with no computer assistance.
The Bird of Prey's first flight was in 1996. The Bird of Prey was put on the National Museum of the US Air Force on October 18, 2002.
- Engine: One Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5C turbofan of 3,190 lbs. thrust
- Maximum speed: 300 mph
- Ceiling: 20,000 ft.