X-29A Forward-Swept-Wing Flight Research Program Status 872418
The X-29A aircraft is a fascinating combination of integrated technologies incorporated into a unique research aircraft. The X-29A program is a multiple-agency program with management and other responsibilities divided among the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Air Force, and the Grumman Corporation. This paper presents an overview of the recently completed X-29A flight research program, the objectives achieved to date, and a discussion of the future of the flight research program.
Also discussed are the flight test approach expanding the envelope, typical flight maneuvers performed, X-29A program accomplishments, lessons learned for the Number One aircraft, and future plans with the Number Two aircraft. A schedule for both the Number One and Number Two aircraft is presented. A description of the unique technologies incorporated into the X-29A aircraft is given, along with descriptions of the onboard instrumentation system.
The X-29A aircraft research program has proven highly successful. Using high fly rates from a very reliable experimental aircraft, the program has consistently met or exceeded its design and research goals.