posted on Dec, 20 2006 @ 02:00 PM
In fact the both links that gfad posted are the same site. Andreas (author) is right, X-52 was really skipped, what is precedent in X-planes serie.
On my web (that will be updated after new server relaunch in January) are older possibilities for future X-planes. So not only for X-52, but also next
numbers. The hot candidates were Lockheed Joined Wing Integrated Structures prepared for modified S-3 Viking (however I still cant understand, why is
main participant Boeing Phantom Works and not Skunk Works), HyperSpectral APEX glider, Lockheed SV-ATD - active aeroelastic wing unmanned
demonstrator, innovative helicopter without the "tanier cykliky" (and you can translate it from Slovak language because I cant
detonation engine mounted in F-15 (that was meantime cancelled), etc.
AAW technology differs from Lockheed's morphing technology by principle. Lockheed´s unmanned demonstrator changes its wing surface and swept by
compoudning it like harmonica (as shown on picture), while AAW technology twist the wing and use it instead of conventional manoeuvring surfaces. You
will understand what is happening simply by imagining the Wright Flyer 1. BTW, AAW technology was firstly proposed for cancelled X-39 FATE, than for
Lockheed´s unmanned demonstrator posted above, but it was finaly tested on NASA´s F-18.
Hope this helps
PS: gfad - thanks for visiting my web