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Research Aircraft: the Ryan X-13 Vertijet VTOL, Images by Wernher Krutein and PHOTOVAULT®

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Ryan X-13 Vertijet VTOL

The X-13 was designed to research the practiocality of vertical takeoff and landing by jet aircraft. This X series aircraft was first flown conventionally on December 10, 1955. It was then fitted with a temporary "tail sitting" rig and first flew from a vertical position into hover on May 28, 1956.. Finally on April 11, 1957, it accomplished its first full-cycle flight at Edwards Air Force Base in the desert of California.

SPECIFICATIONS
Span:
21 ft.
Length: 24 ft.
Height: 15 ft.
Weight: 7,200 lbs. max.
Armament: None
Engine: Rolls-Royce "Avon" of 10,000 lbs. thrust.

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 350 mph.
Minimum speed: 0 mph.
Service Ceiling: 20,000 ft.
Ryan X-13 Vertijet
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