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The X-29A is a USAF/NASA technology demonstrator built to investigate the aerodynamic advantages of the forward-swept wing concept. Built upon the body of a modified F-5E Tiger II with a single F404-GE-400 engine, forward-mounted canard wings, and redesigned air intakes, the X-29 logged a total of 422 flights between models 1 and 2 and managed to achieve a maximum angle of attack of 67 degrees. It has the ability to reach a maximum speed of Mach 1.6. Without advanced composites, lightweight airframe made of aluminum and titanium, and fly-by-wire controls, none of the plane’s accomplishments would have been possible as the aircraft is inherently unstable and the FSW adheres to stresses far greater than that of a conventional swept back wing planform. The program was conducted between 1984 and 1992, and has been attributed by western sources as console to the design of the Russian-made Su-47 Berkut.

The X-29 was not the first FSW, however; the first was made in 1944 by Junkers, called the Ju-287.
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Ace Squadrons/Pilots

  • Daredevil / YAF (AC5)
  • Bauer (Farmer) / BAF (ACZ)
  • Trausend / BAF (ACZ)
  • Hundert / BAF (ACZ)
  • Fliege (House Fly) / BAF (ACZ)
  • Viper / LAF (ACX)
  • Katana / Valahia (ACX2)

Armament

Standard Weapons

Special Weapons

  • FAEB: BLU-73/B Fuel-Air-Explosive (ACZ/ACX)
  • LAGM: AGM-88A HARM (ACX)
  • QAAM: AIM-9X Sidewinder (AC5/ACZ/ACX)
  • XAGM: AGM-65D Maverick (ACZ)
  • SASM: Unknown (ACX2)

Statistics

Ace Combat 2

  • Power: 70
  • Defense: 30
  • Mobility: 60
  • Stability: 30
  • Climbing Ability: 60
  • Air-to-Air: 50
  • Air-to-Ground: 40

Ace Combat 5

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

Ace Combat Zero

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

Ace Combat X

  • Speed: 66
  • Air-to-Air: 36
  • Air-to-Ground: 51
  • Mobility: 66
  • Stability: 42
  • Defense: 45

Sources

  • Global Security - [1]

Start a Discussion Discussions about X-29A

  • Could've been a contender

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    • The X-29 was a mere experimental thing. It's cool and everything, but it's experimental. And Russia has the SU-47 which i...
    • If one were to strengthen the airframe in that aria then that problem could be negated. the FSW provides higher menuverability in low speed ...
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