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McDonnell Douglas X-36
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Description
Role
Crew 0 (1 pilot on the ground)
Passengers
First flight 17th May 1997
Entered service
Manufacturer McDonnell Douglas
Produced
Dimensions
Length 5.8 m
Wingspan 3.0 m
Height 0.9 m
Wing area
Weights
Empty 550 kg
Loaded
Maximum takeoff
Powerplant
Engine 1 × Williams International F112
Power (each) 3.1 kN
Performance
Maximum speed 375 km/h
Cruising speed
Range
Ceiling 6,000 m
Rate of climb

The McDonnell Douglas X-36 Tailless Fighter Agility Research Aircraft was a subscale prototype which flies without vertical stabilizators.


HistoryEdit

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.

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