|McDonnell Douglas X-36|
|Crew||0 (1 pilot on the ground)|
|First flight||17th May 1997|
|Engine||1 × Williams International F112|
|Power (each)||3.1 kN|
|Maximum speed||375 km/h|
|Rate of climb|
The McDonnell Douglas X-36 Tailless Fighter Agility Research Aircraft was a subscale prototype which flies without vertical stabilizators.
The unmanned aircraft is controlled by canards, thrust vectoring and ailerons. Because of it´s bad static stability, a advanced fly-by-wire system was used.
The X-36 was built as an unmanned 1/4 scale model prototype and it is controlled from a virtual cockpit by a pilot on the ground, who receives videos from the aircraft.
The first flight of the X-36 was on 17th May 1997, all in all 31 test flights. The handling of the aircraft showed to be very good, it met all the criteria and actually it exceeded them.
Sometimes the aircraft is called Boeing X-36, because McDonnell Douglas and Boeing worked together during the project.