The final Northrop flying wing design,
although it could more accurately be
described as a tailless aircraft, was the
XS-4 Skylancer, a transonic research
vehicle with two 726kg thrust
Westinghouse turbojets. Later redesignated
X-4, the first of two aircraft flew at
Muroc on 15 December 1948, followed
by the second on 7 June 1949. With a
span of only 8.18m and
weight of 3175kg, the two
X-4s completed their research programme
in April 1954 and both survive as
| MODEL||X-4 "Bantam"|
| ENGINE||2 x Westinghouse turbojets, 726kg each|
| Take-off weight||3175 kg||7000 lb|
| Wingspan||8.18 m||27 ft 10 in|
| Length||7.1 m||23 ft 4 in|
| Wing area||19 m2||204.51 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1000 km/h||621 mph|
|A three-view drawing (524 x 527)|
|Stephan Wilkinson, e-mail, 03.10.2013 20:56|
It certainly greatly profited from Me-163 research and development, and Northrop never denied that. But to say it was "simply built unaltered from German blueprints" reveals a lack of real familiarity with both the Messerschmitt and the Bantam. If anything, the X-4 is much more like the DH 108 Swallow.
|guba, 21.06.2011 06:02|
simply built unaltered from German blueprints captured in 1945.
|a.casais, e-mail, 24.11.2010 20:58|
it is a real family of the ME-163 "Comet" almost twins
|Arn, e-mail, 27.01.2009 06:31|
Like many early "X planes", this one looks as though it was simply built unaltered from German blueprints captured in 1945.
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