NASA's Weirdest Experimental Plane

23 jan. 2021
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy
Animator: Mike Ridolfi (
Sound: Graham Haerther (
Thumbnail: Simon Buckmaster

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Thank you to AP Archive for access to their archival footage.

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  • If you haven't yet, you have to check out the latest Real Science video. Features one of the funniest interviews I have ever seen.

    Real EngineeringReal Engineering3 maanden geleden
    • Ref appx 10:30, variable seept wing aircraft have always been engineered so the the center of gravity (CG) is optimal when the wings are fully swept. Therefore, when the wings are fully forward it shifts the lift center to produce a nose up, high drag attitude, which are aerodynamic characteristics needed for carrier ops STOL etc. It is a common misconception that these type of aircraft are designed to have their optimal CG point during takeoff and landing configuration, thusly losing aerodynamic ability in combat configuration. Because combat ops are the ONLY goal, designers were well aware all along that the swept wing configuration must have optimal flight characteristics/CG.

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    • I thought it was national aeronautics and space Administration

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    • 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

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    • 10mins of dribble , typical patreon e-beggar channel

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  • Yeah the navy just released and confirmed UAP footage after previously mentioning on Vice and NYT that they recovered materials from an off planet vehicle, have built and tested space time warping propulsion technology and THIS is the weirdest experimental aircraft.

    Zac CallZac Call15 dagen geleden
  • As a kid I had a toy model of this plane I can remember already at age 5-6 how bizarre it appeared to be able to rotate the wing almost like a propeller.

    BezBogBezBog15 dagen geleden
  • Get that wing spinning for vertical takeoff!

    HuxxyHuxxy17 dagen geleden
  • Nasa has been around a lot longer then 1958, it used to be known as NACA.

    Kenneth DraperKenneth Draper17 dagen geleden
  • I actually thought the NA part in NASA stood for North America

    Albin DalbertAlbin Dalbert17 dagen geleden
  • Ok after watching i have a question? What about a plane design that had two of those spinning wings one underneath and one on top Would that help or hurt ? What would two spinning wings do to control? Make it easier or harder? Would some type of relationship ship form between the wings ? Would one wing have to be smaller or special to get more advantage?

    bryan dorbryan dor18 dagen geleden
  • NASA is the National Air and Space Administration ...... NOT Association!

    gentlebear21713gentlebear2171318 dagen geleden
  • Question : why didnt NASA try to stack 2 wing and rotate 1 to the left and 1 to the right? This showldnt be had cause the mechanism would be similar to the counter spinning helicopter props+delete the disadvantages. WHY ?

    Ro StefanRo Stefan18 dagen geleden
  • Lots of points as too why few planes were built with swing wings.

    Will PittengerWill Pittenger19 dagen geleden
  • Too fucking lazy to even google what NASA stands for. For Fuck's sake. Some great engineering thinking there, the kind where the engineer thinks it knows everything and then gets people killed because they forgot to convert to metric during a collaboration project.

    Dr StrangejoveDr Strangejove20 dagen geleden
  • National Aeronautics and Space ADMINISTRATION.

    Steven ClineSteven Cline20 dagen geleden
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration*

    Dane HooserDane Hooser20 dagen geleden
  • dude reading wiki is not engineering your channel is regurgitated junk science.

    Ima StonerIma Stoner20 dagen geleden
  • Why didn't they use 2 wings (the wings would make an X) that way you could control the sweep angle with a single pole and still have a symetrical plane

    SlibarmanSlibarman22 dagen geleden
  • Scrolling down anticipating at least 30 comments saying it’s the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, not association

    Joe H.SJoe H.S23 dagen geleden
  • Think like an engineer. Oh you mean half-assed copy and paste stuff that's already screwed up and then people that can actually understand the actual mechanical aspects of the blueprints and use the tools and build the things piss away a bunch of time fixing it later!

    Lee KronforstLee Kronforst24 dagen geleden
  • Why couldn't they just attach the two separate wings to the same pivot point? Maybe have a sliding track move along the body of the plane with some type of tension wire to the wingtips to move them... Maybe include some mechanism that allows the airflow itself to move the position of the wings

    RandomGuy0400RandomGuy040027 dagen geleden
  • I love how active this guy is

    Da BruhDa Bruh29 dagen geleden
  • Where is that amazing footage at 8:10 from, assuming it's not CGI? Various jets having fun 'swinging' back and forth.

    Alex BlokAlex BlokMaand geleden
  • What a great video, but as you're target audience is a bunch of rivet counting nerds you gotta get EVERYTHING correct and accurate nothing else is good enough. Your target audience mate you deal with them. National Aeronautics and Space Administration not Association.

    Nigel BennNigel BennMaand geleden
  • "ADMINISTRATION" not Association. NASA . ........Space ADMINISTRATION!!!

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  • This video needs a new name “this is where your taxes are go

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  • ?

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  • 0:55 The "hypersonic regime" sounds like a badass country

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  • I got my PhD in quantum chromodynamics from, but no one will hire me. I totally memorized all the animations and they keep asking me to show them my work. WTF are they talking about? I memorized the animations! It was fun! I didn't even know I was learning.

    amarissimus29amarissimus29Maand geleden
  • Just make an X shaped biplane

    Noah BaumannNoah BaumannMaand geleden
  • Could you also add the model number of the prototype in the description ?

    KytetigerKytetiger2 maanden geleden
  • Is there any prototype of plane with a x shape wing ? Not like the x wing, but instead horizontal, more as if this one had 2 pairs of wings

    KytetigerKytetiger2 maanden geleden
  • Video suggestion: closed (box/joined/annular) wings- there is a lot of interesting stuff to comment on, from drag reduction benefits to static stability quirks

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  • Wrong, NASA stands for National Aeronautics And Space Administration. It's an Administration not Association

    Hassan HanHassan Han2 maanden geleden
  • huh what if you had 2 of these single wings stacked on top of each other in x formation on top of the plane

    someone else else on the internetsomeone else else on the internet2 maanden geleden
  • A possuim plane. With the baby on the back.

    Bethy MearsBethy Mears2 maanden geleden
  • Now I know why Thunderbird 2 had forward swept wings.

    Joan of BarkJoan of Bark2 maanden geleden
  • Brilliant channel and content 🔔

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  • 🌈👽 8:36

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  • I'm doing a degree in aeronautics and I started this thinking "what the fuck?"

    Ghost BanditGhost Bandit2 maanden geleden
  • Plot twist: NASA was just trying to make a helicopter.

    Cormac O'KeeffeCormac O'Keeffe2 maanden geleden
  • Have you done a video on the curiosity rover?

    Marcus TodayMarcus Today2 maanden geleden
  • They're at the 60s range now. Can't wait to see what the X-69 gonna be like.

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  • why not make two of them so its not asymmetric?

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  • why not making it double (like X shaped)? did NASA try that?

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  • please a video on yf 23 plane

    Om DahakeOm Dahake2 maanden geleden
  • The one main problem with NASA doing all this engineering and design that cost billions and billions of dollars is that, all that money was tax payers money. The US government has no money, all they have comes from taxpayers. They should have also spent as much time making automobiles better as well, but no, we the people have to pay taxes so they can use it on things we don't want and we have to buy cars and be the guinea pigs on them breaking and we have to pay to fix what the engineers designed wrong and still pay for the car as well, and we are still paying taxes also.

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  • Just to add a somewhat late comment - - not only is the acronym for NASA incorrect, but it's forerunner, NACA, dates back to 1915, so 1958 is a somewhat misleading date.

    Bruce RheinsteinBruce Rheinstein2 maanden geleden
  • The X-5 looks like one of the proposed aircraft the Nazis were working on in the 1940's.

    Casual CadaverCasual Cadaver2 maanden geleden
  • I wonder if those control-based disadvantages could be overcome today with a computer assisting the pilot. Maybe that would make the advantages worth it again?

    Nick DaoustNick Daoust2 maanden geleden
  • The helicopter that wanted to be a plane when it grew up

    Aldo ZarateAldo Zarate2 maanden geleden
  • thats NOT what it stands for. Since you got that wrong, I'm not watching any further. engineering is ALL about the details.

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  • ... Administration...sorry

    J BJ B2 maanden geleden
  • what would a plane look like it it followed the area rule perfectly to cause the perfect graph?

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  • I have seen this plane when it was flying out of Ames Research Center NASA. I saw it fly many times. It is a strange sight when it flys overhead.

    James FeeneyJames Feeney2 maanden geleden
  • Please make A video about story of Charles Babbage and his computer. I tried to find a video about this, there was not any good detailed video on the Internet.

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  • Hey don't worry too much about the "Association" vs "Administration" thing :) Somehow Americans got 'Soccer' from 'association football'. Cheers brother

    Jonathan FisherJonathan Fisher2 maanden geleden
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  • I hope someone makes this in KSP

    Alexander ZagulaAlexander Zagula2 maanden geleden
  • this feels a lot like a mustard video

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  • Do the engineering on Blackburn Buccaneer

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    Darin MooreDarin Moore3 maanden geleden
  • could you decrease the stall by making an in-between of forward and backward swept wings? so to visualise: AIA with a being the wing and i being the plane

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  • Hi, another great video! Mind sharing with us the software you used to do your animations?

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  • You could not do high speed manoeuvres with this wing configuration, the stresses were too great. At best it wold have been used as a platform for air to air refuelling and not a very good one at that. Not many practical applications to be honest....great video by the way.

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  • It’s Administration not Association....

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  • Love the models of the planes!

    Smog GhostSmog Ghost3 maanden geleden
  • Make a video on Mil Mi35/24.

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  • Looks like it's doing a dab lol

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  • I doubt you'll see this, but a cool video would be "how to ski lifts/chairlifts work?" Including the motor mechanism, auto torque machine, how the chair slows down when it loads and unloads. Etc

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  • Hey man, love the videos, they make my day! Could you please make one about the Navy CIWS auto-canons? They're dope :)

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  • NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NOT National Aeronautics and Space Association. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

    Follower of JulianFollower of Julian3 maanden geleden
  • NASA stands for Never A Straight Answer. What did we really find on the moon? Why haven't we gone back? What's really on Mars? The Chinese are gonna find it and beat us to full disclosure if y'all don't come forward with something soon.

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  • Lol, i was building weird plane in ksp when this video came out

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  • What would happen if we would use 2 Wings stacked over the other, so you have 2 wings forward, 2 backwards you should have (mostly) same Forces to the plane...

    BackverbotBackverbot3 maanden geleden
  • Can you do the spitfire’s rival, the BF-109? You’ve already done the spitfire. Only seems fitting.

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    • Reinvent Wheel?😴 Reinvent Wing?😴 Wheeng?😏

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    Aaron SchwarzAaron Schwarz3 maanden geleden
    • I had been watching your videos until my final year of college, 2019. Since then, my interest in engineering has plummeted as I got into my daily 9-5 job. Though I do an

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  • Make the left side of the wing generate lift backwards and make the wing spin really fast counter clockwise

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  • I thought it was an new type of helicopter. In the thumbnail.

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  • IDK why, but I always thought NASA = North American Space Agency

    Dr. DodiDr. Dodi3 maanden geleden
  • Looking forward to that video about why variable sweep wings fell out of favor ;)

    VolatileVolatile3 maanden geleden
  • These wings just seem to cause issues.. Wouldn't it be better to simply not use wings? Call me, NASA

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  • NASA was started by the SS or is that fact checked now.

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  • Hey btw guys if you want some more information on this plane like it's development history go to Dark Skies.

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  • Lol, i was building weird plane in ksp when this video came out

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  • Iove the x-29 ahhh

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  • Although I'm not educated enough, I'd love to understand all this

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    • Hey ksp got a visual update

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  • Now make a scissor plane 2021 pls. We need to be closer to Star Wars.

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  • Reinvent Wheel?😴 Reinvent Wing?😴 Wheeng?😏

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  • 0:49 subtitles talk about X-13 Vertijet, video just skips to X-15 🤨

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  • my final two brain cells in a test 8:11

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  • I had been watching your videos until my final year of college, 2019. Since then, my interest in engineering has plummeted as I got into my daily 9-5 job. Though I do an engineer's work there, I don't seem to have that thirst for engineering anymore. Just watched your video now after a while, boy you bet... I feel alive after a long time.. feeling fascinated about aerospace engineering.. great video!!

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  • ... “association”? Seriously?

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  • Administration

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