NASA AD-1: Those Germans Again (II).

This early 1980s experimental jet had a variable geometry-wing with a difference. The basic idea of the pivoted oblique wing (60º) was “conceived” by Robert J. Jones, with the maverick Burt Rutan doing the detailed design. The tiny aircraft proved the basic concept, but exhibited also poor handling qualities at certain flying conditions. No heirs in sight so far.

Lovely descriptive time exposure photo.

A bold design indeed, reinvented by Robert J. Jones with “permission” of the always innovative Dr. Richard Vogt and his Blohm und Voss P.202.


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