How NASA’s Unconventional Bell X-14 Almost Landed in the Scrapyard

The X-plane explored VTOL technologies and was used by NASA astronauts to refine their moon-landing skills.
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Boeing Bird of Prey Shrouded in Secrecy Still

Named after a Klingon spacecraft from Star Trek and given the designation “YF-118G”, the jet incorporated dramatic design inside and out.
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The Rise and Stall of the Piper PA-47 PiperJet Program

The airframe configuration of the single-engine Piper PA-47 PiperJet presented a unique set of engineering challenges.
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The Short Run of the Burns BA-42

Despite an aerodynamic cleanliness of its airframe, the light piston twin suffered in a crowded market in the 1970s.
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Bede XBD-2: Experimental Prototype for Unique Technologies

The clean-sheet aircraft design sought to improve aerodynamics by incorporating its twin engines in the aft fuselage.
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The Clandestine Legacy of the Helio Twin Courier

Designed during an era of twin fever, the expeditionary H-500 blended rotary-wing utility and fixed-wing speed.
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The Four-Engined Cessna and Its Corporate Mission

The predecessor to the Fanjet 500, the Cessna 620, never made it to market, but it proved a point.
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The Short, Unconventional Life of the Curtiss XP-55 Ascender

Unlike more traditional aircraft of the time, the XP-55 design mounted a 1,275 hp Allison V-12 engine behind the pilot.
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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force – Stealth Aircraft

See the evolution of stealth aircraft at the National Museum of the US Air Force.
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The Large, Slow-Moving Shadow of the Convair L-13

Designed by Stinson and manufactured by Convair, the L-13 visually seems to have been cobbled together by Dr. Frankenstein’s aerodynamicist cousin.
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