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The X-29A is a fourth-generation forward-swept wing technology demonstrator produced by Northrop Grumman and operated by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

History

Strangereal

In the Strangereal world, the X-29 saw moderate use by various air forces.

During the Belkan War, the aircraft was operated by the Belkan Air Force. A notable pilot was Otto Haber, callsign "Tausend".[1]

During the Usean coup d'état, the Usean Rebel Forces had used X-29As in limited numbers. A notable pilot was Xiao.[2]

In the Circum-Pacific War, a single X-29 was operated by the Yuktobanian Air Force. This was the ace pilot Daredevil.[3]

During the Aurelian War, the Leasath Air Force operated the aircraft during the middle stages of the war. A notable pilot was Viper.[4]

Joint Assault universe

During the Valahia Crisis, a single Valahian X-29 flew over Tokyo but was shot down by Antares Squadron.[5]

Infinity universe

During Operation Eternal Liberation, the aircraft was made available for UNF pilots.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat Infinity

"An aircraft from the X-planes, a series of experimental United States aircraft.
Based on the F-5, the aircraft features a lot of new technology.
A combination of three digital fly-by-wire systems have been specially designed to control this aerodynamically unstable aircraft featuring a forward swept wing configuration and canard wings. Thanks to this setup, this is the first forward swept wing aircraft capable at supersonic speeds."
Hangar
Lv. Cst Price GUN MSL QAAM SAAM HPAA SP MO ST AA AG DF
1 600 226,560 286 102 6 D D+ E C E F+
2 640 15,630 314 104 8 D+ C E+ C E+ E
3 680 22,660 343 106 10 D+ C+ E+ C+ E+ E+
4 720 41,410 371 108 12 9 C B D B E+ D
5 760 70,310 400 112 14 11 C+ B D B E+ D+
6 800 161,450[a] 428 116 16 13 C+ B+ D B D C
7 840 84,630 457 120 17 15 18 B A D+ B+ D C+
8 880 156,240 486 124 18 17 20 B A+ D+ B+ D B
9 920 354,150 515 128 19 19 22 B+ A+ D+ A D B+
10 960 749,960 544 132 20 20 24 B+ S C A D B+
11 1007 1,666,560 572 136 21 21 25 A S+ C A+ D A
12 1054 1,315,020 601 140 22 22 26 A+ S+ C+ A+ D+ A+
13 1101 2,447,760 630 144 23 23 27 A+ S+ C+ S D+ S
14 1148 3,333,120 659 148 24 24 28 S S+ B S+ D+ S+
15 1195 4,205,460 688 152 26 26 30 S+ S+ B S+ D+ S+
16 1256 6,366,780 714 154 27 27 31 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
17 1315 7,265,160 740 156 28 28 32 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
18 1374 8,176,560 767 158 29 29 33 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
19 1433 10,455,060 793 160 30 30 34 S+ S+ A S+ C+ S++
20 1492 13,176,240 820 162 32 32 36 S+ S++ A S+ C+ S++
Part Slots
At Lv.1, this aircraft carried 21 BODY, 18 ARMS, and 18 MISC part slots. See Tuning § Slot Expansion for further information.
Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.
  • Lv.3: Chimera Machine
  • Lv.10: Forward Swept Wing Master
  • Lv.15: Great Authority
  • Lv.20: Aviation Pioneer

Skins

  • Default: Gray camouflage

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"Forward-swept wings provide exceptional maneuverability, while fly-by-wire is used to overcome instabilities."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete Tin Castle. Costs 56,300 credits.

Statistics

X-29A stats.jpg

Special Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Gray body with red lining on wings
  • C02: 3-tone desert camouflage
  • C03: Modified NASA demonstrator livery, white w/ red fuselage & wing stripes. Color 4 from Joint Assault
  • C04: 3-tone gray version of Color 2
  • C05: Emerald version of Color 3
  • C06: Turquoise blue version of Color 2

Named Pilots

  • Xiao - Found in St. Elmo's Fire. Spawns to the west some time after destroying the first wave of enemies, near the white line.

Gallery

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

"Forward-swept wings provide exceptional maneuverability, while fly-by-wire is used to overcome instabilities."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete mission 9:Spotlight - Alpha on the second playthrough or complete multiplayer mission 7&8: Safe Recovery. Costs $25,000.

Statistics

  • Speed: Medium
  • Air-to-Air: Medium
  • Air-to-Ground: Medium-Low
  • Mobility: Medium
  • Stability: Medium
  • Defense: Medium

Weapons

Colors

  • C01: Gray camouflage
  • C02: Multi-tone sand camouflage
  • C03: Multi-tone green w/ brown camouflage
  • C04: Modified NASA demonstrator livery, white w/ red fuselage & wing stripes
  • C05: Dual-tone turquoise w/ yellow belly & black nose
  • C06: Multi-tone black & grey camouflage

Named Pilots

  • Katana - Found in Bird Hunt. Spawns among the F-4Es during mission update

Gallery

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

X-29A (Aurelia).png

"Forward-swept wings provide exceptional maneuverability, while fly-by-wire is used to overcome instabilities."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete mission 7B: Standoff in the Skies II on the second playthrough. Costs 25,700 credits.

Statistics

ACEX Statistics X-29A.jpg

Weapons

Skins

  • Aurelia: Gray camouflage
  • Leasath: Multi-tone sand camouflage
  • Special 1: Multi-tone green w/ brown camouflage
  • Special 2: X-29 prototype livery.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"The forward-swept wings of this aircraft allow for exceptional turning ability. An advanced fly-by-wire system is employed to overcome instabilities inherent in this design."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete campaign mission 8C: Merlon - Theta Team. It costs 81,000 credits to purchase.

Statistics

Speed: 73
Mobility: 71
Stability: 47
Defense: 49
Air-to-Air: 76
Air-to-Ground: 40

Weapons

Colors

  • Standard: Gray camouflage.
  • Mercenary: Light brown sand camouflage.
  • Soldier: Three-tone gray camouflage.
  • Knight: Two-tone dark gray camouflage.
  • Special: X-29 prototype livery.

Named Pilots

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"The forward-swept wings of this aircraft allow for exceptional turning ability. An advanced fly-by-wire system is employed to overcome instabilities caused by this design."
Hangar description

How to Unlock

Fill the Kill Rate Gauge of the F-20A Tigershark. Costs Ƶ17,100 per unit.

Statistics

  • Speed: 73
  • Mobility: 71
  • Stability: 47
  • Defense: 49
  • Air-to-Air: 76
  • Air-to-Ground: 40

Weapons

Colors

  • Osea: Gray and blue camouflage.
  • Razgriz
  • Special: X-29 prototype livery.

Named Pilots

Gallery

Ace Combat 2

How to Unlock

On normal mode, Complete mission 4A: Tin Castle (AC2) or 4B: Opera House (AC2). On extra mode, complete mission 1: Gambit (AC2). Costs 85,000 credits.


Statistics

Power: 70
Defense: 20
Mobility: 60
Stability: 20
Climbing Ability: 60
Air-to-Air: 50
Air-to-Ground: 40
Duration of flight: 12 minutes
Absorbability: Light

Weapons

Gallery

Footnotes

  1. Players could use one Nonstandard Upgrade Request Form instead of credits for the Lv.6 upgrade.

References

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