Experimental and Research Aircraft Gallery

NACA research fleet circa late 1950s

Perhaps some of the most interesting and bizarre aircraft over the years have been the experimental and research aircraft of NASA, the Air Force, and other groups pushing the cutting edge of technology. Many of these designs pioneered concepts we now take for granted. Others were perhaps ahead of their time or simply impractical considering the technology available. Still more were unappreciated in their time and suffered the consequences of short-sidedness and bureaucracy. Regardless, research aircraft are constantly pushing the limits of current design practice and capabilites.

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