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Research Aircraft: the Grumman X-29 FSW (Forward Swept Wing), Images by Wernher Krutein and PHOTOVAULT®

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Grumman Aircraft Corporation built two X-29's. Phase 1 of the project, using aircraft No. 1, was flown from December 1984 to 1988 and investigated handling qualities, performance, and systems integration. Phase 2 of the X-29 program involved aircraft No. 2 and studied the high angle of attack characteristics and military utility of the X-29. Additional related Aviation Pages with images and links: Agriculture Aircraft, Airports, Aircraft Cockpits, Airplane Types, Airlines Codes Lists, Airports Listing, Baggage Handling, Ballooning, Biplanes, Cargo, Commercial Aviation, Dirigibles and Blimps, General Aviation, Hang Gliding, Helicopters, Interiors, Accidents, Overhaul and Maintenance, Parachuting, Power Plants, Research, Stunt, Ultralights, Wing Leading Edges, MILITARY: MILITARY, Air Force, Naval Aviation, Navy: Hovercraft, Marines, Coast Guard, SPACE: Sub-orbital-unmanned, Expendable Spacecraft-manned, Manned Lunar Exploration, Earth Orbiting satellites, HST-Hubble Space Telescope, Planetary explorers-unmanned , Space Shuttle, Space Stations, UFO's and "Aliens", Apollo, Other related links: Birds, Radar & Antennas, Weather Monitoring, Clouds, Lightning, Frisbees, Bungee Jumping, Angels, Kites, TRANSPORTATION, CITIES

The X-29, featuring one of the most unusual aircraft designs in aviation history, was flown by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, as a technology demonstrator to investigate a host of advanced concepts and technologies. The program provided a unique engineering database that could be used in the design and development of future aircraft.

The concepts and technologies the fighter-size X-29 explored were the use of advanced composites in aircraft construction; variable camber wing surfaces; the unique forward-swept-wing and its thin supercritical airfoil; strake flaps; and a computerized fly-by-wire flight control system that overcomes the aircraft's instability. They were flight tested at Dryden from 1984 to 1992 in a joint NASA, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and U.S. Air Force Program, and made a total of 374 combined flights.


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