X-Planes

Throughout the last century, one-off experimental aircraft and high-tech military prototypes have pushed the boundaries of what's possible. Authoritative and accessible, X-Planes explains the technology behind the world's most important experimental and prototype aircraft, their often dangerous flight-test careers, and how their successes and failures fed into frontline development.

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  1. Northrop Flying Wings

    XPL 10 Multiple formats Published 21 Feb 2019
    Half a century before the 'flying wing' B-2 stealth bomber entered service, John K. ‘Jack' Northrop was already developing prototypes of a large 'flying wing' strategic bomber, which would have...

    Starting at: $17.60

  2. Dornier Do 335

    XPL 9 Multiple formats
    The Dornier Do 335 was conceived as a high-speed, all-weather fighter, and represented the pinnacle of piston-engined aircraft design. The Do 335 was a big aircraft, weighing just over 10,000kg when laden...

    Starting at: $14.40

  3. Bachem Ba 349 Natter

    XPL 8 Multiple formats
    The Bachem Ba 349 Natter was a secretive, vertical take-off, single-seat rocket interceptor intended to offer high-speed defence of key targets. This radical aircraft offered Luftwaffe an inexpensive means...

    Starting at: $9.60

  4. North American XB-70 Valkyrie

    XPL 7 Multiple formats
    Of the many futuristic military aircraft concepts created in the 1950s the North American XB-70 still stands out as the most awe-inspiring. With its huge, white partially-folding delta wing, its fuselage...

    Starting at: $9.60

  5. Bell X-2

    XPL 6 Multiple formats
    Even before the spectacular success of its X-1 rocket-powered aircraft in breaking the ‘sound barrier', the adventurous Bell Aircraft Corporation was already pushing ahead with a parallel project...

    Starting at: $9.60

  6. TSR2

    XPL 5 Multiple formats
    The TSR2 is one of the greatest 'what-if' aircraft of the Cold War, whose cancellation still generates anger and controversy among aviation fans. It was a magnificent, cutting-edge aircraft, one of the...

    Starting at: $9.60

  7. Luftwaffe Emergency Fighters

    XPL 4 Multiple formats
    In late 1944, the German Air Ministry organised what it called an ‘Emergency Fighter Competition' intended to produce designs for quick-to-build yet technically and tactically effective jet fighter...

    Starting at: $9.60

  8. North American X-15

    XPL 3 Multiple formats
    The revolutionary X-15 remains the fastest manned aircraft ever to fly. Built in the two decades following World War II, it was the most successful of the high-speed X-planes. The only recently broken...

    Starting at: $9.60

  9. Messerschmitt Me 264 Amerika Bomber

    XPL 2 Multiple formats
    As Europe plunged into World War II, Hitler ordered the development of a hi-tech secret weapon capable of taking the war across the Atlantic - the Messerschmitt Me 264. Chosen from designs for an 'Amerika...

    Starting at: $9.60

  10. Bell X-1

    XPL 1 Multiple formats
    In 1947, no one knew if it was possible to break the 'sound barrier'. The Bell X-1 was the tiny, rocket-powered craft that finally broke it. It was the result of innovative designers and engineers turning...

    Starting at: $9.60

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