Ryan X-13A 'Vertijet'

  Base model:X-13
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Research
  First Flew:1955/12/10

  Length: 24' 7.3 m
  Height:15' 4.5 m
  Wingspan: 21' 6.4 m
  Gross Weight: 7,199 lb 3,265 kg
  Max Weight: 7,200 lb 3,265 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Rolls-Royce Avon
  Thrust (each):10,000 lb 4,535 kg

  Max Speed: 350 mph 563 km/h 304 kt
  Ceiling: 20,000 ft 6,095 m

Examples of this type may be found at
San Diego Aerospace MuseumSan DiegoCalifornia
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

X-13A on display

San Diego Aerospace Museum

United States Air Force Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 America, AL
According to Gunny on Mail Call, it landed at the Pentagon for a demonstration.

First & last fixed wing aircraft to ever do that. ;)

09/17/2005 @ 01:53 [ref: 11255]
 Robert W. Horn
 Euclid, OH
It is obvious that, with thrust to weight ratios in excess of unity the required ACM standard for modern air superiority fighters, and fly-by-wire/light conveying synthetic stability in all regimes,(including transition to and from hover), and with application of these to hover only requiring thrust- vectoring (also an ACM necesity) and a light weight pufferjet auxilary control, plus a belly hook to grab the trapeze wire or rod, the X-13 concept may be an idea whose time has finally come. Takeoff would be catapault or inclned ramp. Landing by trapeze. The reduction of rate-of-closure to "the boat" to near zero IAS, coupled with a belly-mpounted tv display portrayed in a glass cockpit for visibility concerns, should take most of the sweat out of carrier landings. Not to mention siultaneous landings to port and starboard. As well, the trapeze, for being part of the landing facility could be three axis- stabilised to allow rough sea state usage and, as well would allow its own cost to be spread among the plethora of craft using it. Not to mention building most of the machinery peculiar to VTOL operations built into that, which for not having flight requirements, can
be more easily (read economically) accommodated.
11/24/2000 @ 16:38 [ref: 1085]
 Lance Lehman
 Albuquerque, NM
It's so sad that not more people know of this wonderfull aircraft. It might have been hard to land the the trailer as I have heard, but it is a historic plane, and one I love. I have flown down to see it in person, and it was even better than I expected to see it in person.
10/22/2000 @ 07:54 [ref: 920]


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