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 Engineering2 måneder siden
    • 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.

      Dave PDave PMåned siden
    • I thought it was national aeronautics and space Administration

      space guy 9 32space guy 9 322 måneder siden
    • 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

      Nikhil MathewNikhil Mathew2 måneder siden
    • 10mins of dribble , typical patreon e-beggar channel

      DrGreenThumbNZLDrGreenThumbNZL2 måneder siden
    • Yes I also want to see o video of stealth diamond

      Liby Varghese VaidyanLiby Varghese Vaidyan2 måneder siden
  • Lots of points as too why few planes were built with swing wings.

    Will PittengerWill Pittenger5 timer siden
  • 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 timer siden
  • National Aeronautics and Space ADMINISTRATION.

    Steven ClineSteven Cline21 time siden
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration*

    Dane HooserDane HooserDag siden
  • dude reading wiki is not engineering your channel is regurgitated junk science.

    Ima StonerIma StonerDag siden
  • 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

    SlibarmanSlibarman3 dager siden
  • Scrolling down anticipating at least 30 comments saying it’s the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, not association

    Joe H.SJoe H.S3 dager siden
  • 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 Kronforst5 dager siden
  • 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

    RandomGuy0400RandomGuy04008 dager siden
  • I love how active this guy is

    Turbo OrgasmicTurbo Orgasmic10 dager siden
  • Where is that amazing footage at 8:10 from, assuming it's not CGI? Various jets having fun 'swinging' back and forth.

    Alex BlokAlex Blok15 dager siden
  • 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 Benn15 dager siden
  • "ADMINISTRATION" not Association. NASA . ........Space ADMINISTRATION!!!

    Robert BerlinRobert Berlin20 dager siden
  • This video needs a new name “this is where your taxes are go

    Mr nobody MrMr nobody Mr21 dag siden
  • ?

    Trevor HuntingTrevor Hunting22 dager siden
  • 0:55 The "hypersonic regime" sounds like a badass country

    Zachary PerkinsZachary Perkins24 dager siden
  • 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.

    amarissimus29amarissimus2928 dager siden
  • Just make an X shaped biplane

    Noah BaumannNoah BaumannMåned siden
  • Could you also add the model number of the prototype in the description ?

    KytetigerKytetigerMåned siden
  • 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

    KytetigerKytetigerMåned siden
  • 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 HanMåned siden
  • 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 internetMåned siden
  • A possuim plane. With the baby on the back.

    Bethy MearsBethy MearsMåned siden
  • Now I know why Thunderbird 2 had forward swept wings.

    Joan of BarkJoan of BarkMåned siden
  • Brilliant channel and content 🔔

    Husnain RehmatHusnain RehmatMåned siden
  • 🌈👽 8:36

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

    Ghost BanditGhost BanditMåned siden
  • Plot twist: NASA was just trying to make a helicopter.

    Cormac O'KeeffeCormac O'KeeffeMåned siden
  • Have you done a video on the curiosity rover?

    Marcus TodayMarcus TodayMåned siden
  • 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 måneder siden
  • NOtown seems very insistent on recommending this one to me. Thanks almighty NOtown algorithms, this looks like something Elon Musk would mass produce.

    The Eternal17The Eternal172 måneder siden
  • 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.

    kjhalesnckjhalesnc2 måneder siden
  • 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 måneder siden
  • The X-5 looks like one of the proposed aircraft the Nazis were working on in the 1940's.

    Casual CadaverCasual Cadaver2 måneder siden
  • 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 måneder siden
  • The helicopter that wanted to be a plane when it grew up

    Aldo ZarateAldo Zarate2 måneder siden
  • 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 måneder siden
  • what would a plane look like it it followed the area rule perfectly to cause the perfect graph?

    K3TARAK3TARA2 måneder siden
  • 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 måneder siden
  • 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.

    Touma KoushikTouma Koushik2 måneder siden
  • Hey don't worry too much about the "Association" vs "Administration" thing :) Somehow Americans got 'Soccer' from 'association football'. Cheers brother

    Jonathan FisherJonathan Fisher2 måneder siden
  • Weird love child

    Takudzwa MashambaTakudzwa Mashamba2 måneder siden
  • I hope someone makes this in KSP

    Alexander ZagulaAlexander Zagula2 måneder siden
  • this feels a lot like a mustard video

    Ayushman ThapaAyushman Thapa2 måneder siden
  • Do the engineering on Blackburn Buccaneer

    Yeeter BetterYeeter Better2 måneder siden
  • We're leaving censortube and your channel hasn't diversified so there is no place to transfer our subs to. unsubbing now.

    Darin MooreDarin Moore2 måneder siden
  • 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

    Marco PohlMarco Pohl2 måneder siden
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  • Hi, another great video! Mind sharing with us the software you used to do your animations?

    KS TeoKS Teo2 måneder siden
  • 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.

    SAMaxLegendASSAMaxLegendAS2 måneder siden
  • It’s Administration not Association....

    SAMaxLegendASSAMaxLegendAS2 måneder siden
  • Love the models of the planes!

    Smog GhostSmog Ghost2 måneder siden
  • Make a video on Mil Mi35/24.

    Ultra instinct Shaggy ZoinksUltra instinct Shaggy Zoinks2 måneder siden
  • Looks like it's doing a dab lol

    rock_paper_celeryrock_paper_celery2 måneder siden
  • 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

    Anthony HalsteadAnthony Halstead2 måneder siden
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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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    Yash PandeyYash Pandey2 måneder siden
  • NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NOT National Aeronautics and Space Association. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

    Follower of JulianFollower of Julian2 måneder siden
  • 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.

    CrazyBear65CrazyBear652 måneder siden
  • Lol, i was building weird plane in ksp when this video came out

    abbsnn coseabbsnn cose2 måneder siden
  • 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...

    BackverbotBackverbot2 måneder siden
  • Can you do the spitfire’s rival, the BF-109? You’ve already done the spitfire. Only seems fitting.

    bilinas minibilinas mini2 måneder siden
    • Reinvent Wheel?😴 Reinvent Wing?😴 Wheeng?😏

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    Aaron SchwarzAaron Schwarz2 måneder siden
    • 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.

    JustretrospectJustretrospect2 måneder siden
  • IDK why, but I always thought NASA = North American Space Agency

    Dr. DodiDr. Dodi2 måneder siden
  • Looking forward to that video about why variable sweep wings fell out of favor ;)

    VolatileVolatile2 måneder siden
  • These wings just seem to cause issues.. Wouldn't it be better to simply not use wings? Call me, NASA

    imagoimago2 måneder siden
  • NASA was started by the SS or is that fact checked now.

    rob ingusrob ingus2 måneder siden
  • Hey btw guys if you want some more information on this plane like it's development history go to Dark Skies.

    Vincent LuVincent Lu2 måneder siden
  • Lol, i was building weird plane in ksp when this video came out

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  • Iove the x-29 ahhh

    CharmslyCharmsly2 måneder siden
  • Although I'm not educated enough, I'd love to understand all this

    Kasper LarssonKasper Larsson2 måneder siden
    • 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 🤨

    Matías MorenoMatías Moreno2 måneder siden
  • 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!!

    Adhitha Simhan RaghavanAdhitha Simhan Raghavan2 måneder siden
  • ... “association”? Seriously?

    Jeffrey SpeharJeffrey Spehar2 måneder siden
  • Administration

    Bruce AllenBruce Allen2 måneder siden
  • I got to know Area Rule for the first time. Thanks a lot.

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  • Bro. You're talking about aviation. KPH isn't used. The speed you mention around the 6 minute mark is 140 knots. For the record, this is actually fairly slow. The phenomenon you're talking about around 10:25 is properly called "induced drag."

    immikeurnotimmikeurnot2 måneder siden
  • Why not have two sets of wings that rotate in opposite directions to still maintain symmetry to make the plane stable?

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  • The organization is the National Aeronautics and Space ADMINISTRATION.

    Tom ClarkTom Clark2 måneder siden
  • Really interesting stuff.

    Wesley AustinWesley Austin2 måneder siden
  • Seen this at Edwards air show its small like a kit airplane

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