Northrop X-4 Bantam


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Northrop X-4 Bantam

The final Northrop flying wing design, although it could more accurately be described as a tailless aircraft, was the XS-4 Skylancer, a transonic research vehicle with two 726kg thrust Westinghouse turbojets. Later redesignated X-4, the first of two aircraft flew at Muroc on 15 December 1948, followed by the second on 7 June 1949. With a span of only 8.18m and weight of 3175kg, the two X-4s completed their research programme in April 1954 and both survive as museum exhibits.

Northrop X-4 Bantam

 MODELX-4 "Bantam"
 ENGINE2 x Westinghouse turbojets, 726kg each
  Take-off weight3175 kg7000 lb
  Wingspan8.18 m27 ft 10 in
  Length7.1 m23 ft 4 in
  Wing area19 m2204.51 sq ft
  Max. speed1000 km/h621 mph

Northrop X-4 BantamA three-view drawing (524 x 527)

Stephan Wilkinson, e-mail, 03.10.2013 20:56

It certainly greatly profited from Me-163 research and development, and Northrop never denied that. But to say it was "simply built unaltered from German blueprints" reveals a lack of real familiarity with both the Messerschmitt and the Bantam. If anything, the X-4 is much more like the DH 108 Swallow.


guba, 21.06.2011 06:02

simply built unaltered from German blueprints captured in 1945.


a.casais, e-mail, 24.11.2010 20:58

it is a real family of the ME-163 "Comet" almost twins


Arn, e-mail, 27.01.2009 06:31

Like many early "X planes", this one looks as though it was simply built unaltered from German blueprints captured in 1945.


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