Made By: DRAGON
Item: 51039
Scale: 1/400
Price $16.50 was $32.99
In Stock
First arrived: 11/27/2012
Added to catalog: 3/13/2012
Recommended Age: Adults
Grumman X-29 Prototype No.2 - NASA 049
• Die-cast metal construction with plastic parts
• Stylish metal stand included
• Historically accurate markings

The American company Grumman was the developer of the experimental X-29 aircraft that first flew on December 14, 1984. It was based on an F-5A Freedom Fighter airframe, but it also used some elements from the F-16. The X-29’s most notable feature was its forward-swept wings, making it look in some ways as though it was flying backwards! Indeed, it was only the world’s second aircraft to fly with such a wing configuration, with the first having been the German WWII-era Junkers Ju 287. In addition, the X-29 used advanced technologies such as carbon-fiber composite materials, canard control surfaces and a digital fly-by-wire system that was necessary due to its inherently unstable aerodynamic design. This computerized flight control system input up to 40 corrections per second. Just two X-29 aircraft were produced and NASA used them for a test program. The first supersonic flight occurred in 1985, and the General Electric F404 turbofan engine enabled a maximum speed of Mach 1.8.
Dragon Warbirds has recreated a 1/144 scale miniature of the second X-29 prototype (serial no. 82-0049) resplendent in the correct colors and markings. Aircraft No.2 performed 120 flights under Phase 2 of the test program. It was differentiated from the first in that it was fitted with a spin recovery parachute mounted at the base of the rudder. The reason for this was that the aircraft was destined to be engaged in Phase

Caution: This item is an adult collectible designed for use by persons 14 years of age and older.


51039 - Dragon Grumman X 29 Prototype No2 NASA