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A group of 1950s NACA research aircraft

This is a list of experimental aircraft, or aircraft used or built to conduct experiments involving aerodynamics, structural materials, propulsion systems, configuration and equipment. Prototypes, pre-production and homebuilt aircraft described as experimental but which were not used in this manner outside their own development are excluded.

ArgentinaEdit

AustraliaEdit

  • GAF Pika – manned test craft for drone program

BrazilEdit

CanadaEdit

 
Canadair CL-84 Dynavert tilt-wing VTOL research aircraft

FranceEdit

 
Breguet-Dorand Gyroplane Laboratoire
 
SNECMA Coléoptère experimental tailsitter in 1959

FinlandEdit

GermanyEdit

 
Dornier Do 29 tilt rotor STOL
 
Heinkel He 178 pioneering turbojet-powered aircraft
 
Opel RAK.1 rocket engine research aircraft

ItalyEdit

 
Caproni-Campini N.1/CC.2 experimental motorjet and second jet aircraft to fly

PolandEdit

JapanEdit

 
Gasuden Koken

Russia/Soviet UnionEdit

 
Antonov A-40 tank glider
 
Yakovlev Yak-36 VTOL research vehicle

SpainEdit

 
Cierva C.6 autogiro

SwedenEdit

SwitzerlandEdit

TaiwanEdit

United KingdomEdit

 
Avro 707 research aircraft in formation with Avro Vulcan bomber prototypes
 
Fairey Delta 2 research aircraft
 
Gloster E.28/39 jet engine research aircraft
 
Miles M.35 Libellula canard research aircraft
 
Rolls-Royce thrust measuring rig VTOL testbed

United StatesEdit

 
Bell X-1 supersonic research aircraft
 
Bell X-5 variable-sweep wing testbed
 
North American X-15 hypersonic rocket-powered research aircraft

X-planesEdit

 
Grumman X-29 forward swept wing and stability research aircraft

Other US experimental aircraftEdit

 
US Army Bell 533 high speed helicopter research aircraft
 
XFV-12A on ramp at NAA in Columbus, Ohio
 
Scaled Composites Proteus in flight during 2002 for US Department of Energy ARM-UAV program
 
Lifting body research aircraft – from left to right, X-24A, M2-F3 and HL-10
 
Northrop N-9M flying wing
 
Vought V-173 disk wing research aircraft

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/Visschedijk/7016.htm. Retrieved Aug 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Harrison, Ronald W., Gee Bee Ascender, Journal AAHS Fall 1984, p 190-191
  3. ^ Hannan, Bill, le Gee Bee qui volait a l'envers, Le Fanatique de l' Aviation, No 161, page numbers unknown
  4. ^ Eckland, K.O. (2009-04-25). "Aerofiles Vought (Chance Vought), Lewis & Vought, Vought-Sikorsky". USA: Aerofiles.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011.