Edwards AFB, CA —The clock is counting down for selection of a design for the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) later this year (see DN 2/17/1997).
Boeing's X-32A JSF demonstrator recently completed its flight test program which included simulated aircraft carrier landings.
Boeing's demonstrator for the land- and carrier-based versions, the X-32A, recently completed flight tests which included: low-speed aircraft carrier approach tests; aerial refueling; supersonic flight; and side-mounted weapons bay vibration and acoustic tests. The short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) prototype (X-32B), featuring redirected engine fan and exhaust flows like the existing Harrier, was scheduled to fly by the end of March.
Lockheed Martin's X-35C, its carrier-capable demonstrator which features an enlarged wing, is now at the Patuxent River test center for the Navy for continued carrier testing. The conventional takeoff version (X-35A) for the Air Force completed its test program late last year and is being outfitted with an engine-driven lift fan for STOVL flight testing as the X-35B. These flights should start by late spring.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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