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X Planes or Experimental Aircraft,  Black projects, Model Airplanes.

These X planes usually start out as  Black Projects, experimental airplanes designed that are above top secret.  These planes are so secret that even most of the top military officials and possibly even the president don't know about them.  Money for these projects is secretly siphoned from other projects to keep spy's from finding out the true experimental budget.  Other aircraft in the X Plane projects like the X-1, X-2 and X-15 are highly publicized.  These planes are usually funded by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).  This page contains as many models that I could find showing the progression of the technology through the years giving you a great study guide by just looking at these models and reading their descriptions. 
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XF5F-1 Skyrocket

A perfect companion to Naval Fighter Series Volume 31 on the Skyrocket, this is a  fully detailed plastic kit of the Navy's early twin-engine fighter testbed.

Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor

Air Force Legends Vol. 210
Steve Pace. 
Softbound Book

Book covers the post-WWII Secret Project Number MX-809 - the project created to develop a very high speed, very high altitude daytime interceptor  pursuit airplane capable of "meeting and defeating any strategic bomber aircraft that  any potential adversary might produce." This is a fascinating and close-up look at  the technologies developed to, simply put, defend U.S. air space. 48 pgs., 85 B&W photos, 8"x 11", sfbd.

Flown by Chuck Yeager to be the first plane to break the Sound Barrier.  the Bell X-1 rocket powered plane - the first to break the sound barrier.

When Capt. Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier on Oct. 14, 1947, his X-1 was dropped from a B-29 "motherplane."

X-3 Stilleto 1/48 Kit

Plastic Model Kit

The Douglas X-3 Stiletto, which was built in the 1950s to explore design requirements for sustained supersonic speeds,. This detailed plastic kit includes accurate decals and display stand, and is approximately 5" in length. Assembly required.

X-3 Stilleto 1/32 Model

Pre Built Model Airplane

The twin-turbojet X-3, the only one built, was designed to test features of an  aircraft suitable for sustained flights at supersonic speeds and high altitudes, as well as to investigate the use of new materials such as titanium and to explore new  construction techniques. Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/32 scale model  measures 25" in length and has a wingspan of 8". Hand painted and detailed,  model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.

X-15 1/48 Model

Pre Built Mahogany Model

Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/48 scale model measures 13" in length and has a  wingspan of 5 ". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the  included mahogany base.

YB-49A Flying Wing 1/100 Model

Pre Built Mahogany Model

Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/100 scale model measures 6" in length and has a wingspan of 21". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the  included mahogany base.

Convair XFY-1 Pogo 1/48 Kit 

Plastic Model Kit

the prototype Convair XFY-1 Pogo experimental vertical takeoff and landing aircraft of the 1950s, which was intended to be a high-performance fighter aircraft capable of operating from small warships, this 1/48 scale, plastic kit features textured surfaces with simulated rivets, a cockpit with a clear canopy, prototypical delta wings and three-bladed contra-rotating propellers, realistic castoring wheels, authentic U.S. Navy markings, a pilot's ladder, and more.  20+ parts, assembly required. Kit  measures approximately 8" in length with a nearly 6" wingspan. Assembly  required.

Age of Flight - DVD

The era of experimental supersonic aircraft - or "X-planes" - made heroes out of the test pilots who risked their lives to conduct all-important live research. Featuring rare archival footage, this program examines the evolution of X-planes, showing you Nazi Germany's Me 163, the Bell X-1 and Chuck Yeager's attempt to break the sounder barrier in 1947, the Douglas D-558, the Bell X-5, the Mach 7 X-15A2, and many others. Color and B&W, 1 hour.
XB-70 Valkrye 1/180 Kit

Plastic Model Kit

Detailed plastic kit of this exotic bomber is a large 12" in length with a 7" wingspan.  Assembly required. ]

Webmasters Note:  There were only two of these aircraft ever made.  One is now in the Wright Patterson Air force Base, the other crashed while on a photo shoot.  When an F-104 Starfighter came close to the XB-70, it apparently got caught in a wingtip vortex, Look magazine said it did a cartwheel, then tore the tail off of the XB-70.  The XB-70 lost control and crashed killing all of the crew.  The article appeared in the Look Magazine sometime in the 1960's.  This plane was called the Billion Dollar Baby and so was the title of the article.

Jeff, Stew Stewart here and just wanted to say that photo . and the info on the XB70 was of interest to me as in 1950 I was stationed in El Centro Calif. I in the Navy and Alvin White was at that time Capt. in the Air force in a combined Testing program. He later be came the test pilot for the XB70 and he did survive the crash and I had the pleasure of flying with him many times!! He now resides in Denver at my last contact. Thanks, 
Stew Stewart

Letter from a viewer:  You have a very interesting website, but I believe you are mistaken in your note on the XB-70.  The surviving example is at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH.  I recently saw this aircraft in person and it is even more awesome than I imagined!  I researched the XB-70 at the Smithsonian, and although I found very few references to it, it appears that there is a 6'  wind-test model there.
Thanks for your time.

Steve Freeze
Member Data Services, Inc.
7820 Innovation Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46278

One other thing should be cleared up concerning the paragraph written 
about the XB-70 . One crewmember was able to engage his clamshell escape pod that comprised the seat that he used in the pilots position. His fellow pilot had difficulty with his pod and did not successfully escape. The surviving pilot sadly resigned from the test program, but noted that the XB-70 was the best aircraft he ever flew. So not all crew members perished as mentioned in your footnote.

XB-70 Valkyrie 1/150 Model 

Pre Built Mahogany Model

Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/150 scale model measures 15 " in length and  has a wingspan of 8 ". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.

Sukhoi S-47 

This is one of the latest Russian Jet Fighters very similar to our X-29 forward swept wing fighter.  The forward swept wing allows for incredible reliability however it requires redundant computers which control the warp of the wing, an idea from the Wright Brothers.  If all of the redundant computers quit, the wings will tear off in about one second after computer failure.

Boeing X-32 JSF Boeing's entry into the Joint Strike Fighter competition, designed to ultimately replace both the F-16 and the F/A-18
X-33 Venture Star

The X-33 is a scale advanced technology demonstrator - developed at the  infamous Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works - for VentureStar, the eventual replacement  for the U.S. Space Shuttle.

Soviet X-Planes

Gordon & Gundston. 
Hardbound Book

A detailed review of Soviet experimental aircraft from the early 1900s through to the latest Russian prototypes of today. This is the first book to collect, into one volume, stories of the most important Soviet aircraft. Includes many projects that were built but never flew, and even a few that never got off the drawing board. Approximately 150 aircraft types are described, each with relevant  data and many 3-view drawings. 192 pgs., 360 B&W photos, 8"x 11", hdbd.

Vertical Takeoff Aircraft

Luftwaffe Profile Vol. 17
Miranda & Mercado. 
Softbound Book

While much has been written about post-war U.S. attempts to develop vertical take-off fixed wing aircraft, this book explores Germany's WWII trials  in the field. Covers the Natter and other unusual experimental types. 48 pgs., 70 B&W and color photos and drawings, 8"x 11", sfbd.

Warplanes of the Future

Oliver & Ryan. 
Hardbound Book

Unmanned fighters controlled by "pilots" at computers... Bombers that skip into and out of the atmosphere at incredible speeds... Forward-swept-wing  warplanes capable of hitherto-impossible maneuvers... High-tech airships carrying  4,000 troops and equipment... These are among the fantastic but factual designs  described here in fascinating detail and illustrated superbly with hundreds of photographs, artworks and diagrams. 176 pgs., 8"x 12", hdbd.

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A List of American X Planes at Wikipedia
X-1  X-2  X-3  X-4  X-5  X-6  X-7  X-8  X-9  X-10  X-11  X-12  X-13  X-14  X-15  X-16  X-17  X-18  X-19  X-20  X-21  X-22  X-23  X-24  X-25  X-26  X-27  X-28  X-29  X-30  X-31  X-32  X-33  X-34  X-35  X-36  X-37  X-38  X-39  X-40  X-41  X-42  X-43  X-44  X-45  X-46  X-47  X-48  X-49  X-50  X-51  X-53

Another List of Experimental Airplanes


Please Note:  I took the photo of the clouds used in the background picture
while we were flying from a Northern Siberian city named Khatanga
on our way to the North Pole in April 2002.  C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster

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