Published October 19, 2020
DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed Martin X-44A on display in the Research and Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Lockheed Martin X-44A being towed to the Research and Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in October of 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
The X-44A was a low-cost technology demonstrator that led to more sophisticated stealthy unmanned aircraft.
Built by the famed Skunk Works, the X-44A successfully tested multiple technologies. Its composite structure airframe was quickly built using advanced manufacturing techniques. The X-44A design refined tailless aircraft aerodynamics and flight controls. The test program also improved Lockheed Martin’s unmanned command and control system.
The X-44A first flew in 2001, before other contemporary stealthy, flying wing unmanned aircraft. It also supported other test programs, including a deck-handling demonstration for US Navy carriers. The X-44A was not publicly revealed, however, until 2018.
The X-44A came to the Museum and was put on display in October of 2020.
Engine: Williams International F112 turbofan of 732 lbs. thrust
Maximum speed: 176 mph
Endurance: 1.5 hours
Range: 230 miles
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Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)