In the United States, the assembly of the first "silent" supersonic aircraft is almost completed

The American company Lockheed Martin is completing the assembly of the X-59 experimental supersonic aircraft. According to The Drive, the aircraft has the longest nose of any aircraft of its size. To see in front of him, the pilot will be forced to use the external vision system eXternal Vision System (XVS), based on high-definition video cameras.

The X-59's bizarre-looking snout is part of an overall design designed to reduce the force of supersonic impacts, which have long been a hindrance to commercial supersonic flights. The first flight of the new aircraft is due at the end of this year.

The "silence" of the X-59 will consist in the fact that the sonic boom of a jet aircraft will be barely audible. However, before the full operation of the aircraft, the designers must conduct a series of studies. It remains to be seen if the X-59 will be able to handle the expected stresses, including turbulence, maneuvering, and multiple takeoffs and landings. The built-in sensors in the X-59 will give you an idea of ​​the loads during the flight.

According to NASA, the aircraft currently uses a chassis from an F-16 fighter, a cockpit canopy from a T-38 trainer, part of an engine from a U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, and a control stick from an F-117 stealth fighter.
  • Photos used: Lockheed Martin, NASA
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  1. Igor Aviator Offline Igor Aviator
    Igor Aviator (Igor Aviator) 16 February 2022 15: 38
    Dummy! This "Pinocchio" is supersonic - only the nose. And the engine air intakes are subsonic. A controlled wedge that doses the intake of air into the engine is not seen from the word "completely". The length of the air intake is typical for a SUBSONIC power plant. Purely a PR action, shoot in front of suckers-journalists. to justify drank dough. Basilio the cat and Alice the fox are resting. Ostap Ibragimovich nervously smokes on the sidelines...
    1. Uncle Vanya Susanin (Ivan) 17 February 2022 09: 30
      How many projects of such exotic aircraft were there in the USA? A huge number, and where are they now? Of course, I understand that the developments in some of them formed the basis of aircraft flying to this day, but IMHO their percentage is negligible!
      1. gunnerminer Offline gunnerminer
        gunnerminer (gunner miner) 17 February 2022 18: 44
        Americans are famous for projecting, cutting funds. One swindler Elon Musk is worth something, as well as the creators of the F-35. laughing tongue
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  2. T1000 Offline T1000
    T1000 (T1000) 19 February 2022 01: 10
    So that the Americans do not invent it flies like September ... clearly
  3. EpIvIaK Offline EpIvIaK
    EpIvIaK (Ian) 3 March 2022 14: 17
    The United States needs to hurry, more and more often they say that their excess wealth, unlimited as a house of cards, can collapse. And they will not have time to make super weapons (well, I mean, not nuclear weapons, etc., but super weapons for other reasons). And then China and all that.
  4. Yatva Offline Yatva
    Yatva (I) 25 March 2022 07: 30
    ))) you might think that our radars work according to engine noise !!!...)))