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Rockwell-MBB X-31 Vector

50.6k Blue0Bull  4 months ago

Rockwell-MBB X-31 Vector

GIF by Mod

Information:

The Rockwell-Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm X-31 was an experimental jet fighter designed to test fighter thrust vectoring technology. It was designed and built by Rockwell and Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB), as part of a joint US and German Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability program to provide additional control authority in pitch and yaw, for significantly more maneuverability than most conventional fighters. An advanced flight control system provided controlled flight at high angles of attack where conventional aircraft would stall or lose control. Two aircraft were built, of which only one has survived.

Controls:

-AG-1: Deploys airbrakes
-AG-2: Deploys drag chute
-AG-8: When disabled it allows more conventional flight.

You don't need to have any mods enabled to pull of crazy drifts and tricks mid-air as seen in the GIF that Mod made using the Simple Wings mod. As long as you're close to stall-speeds or pull sharp turns you can drift all you want!

Features:

-Custom landing gear (with functional suspension and custom landing gear doors).
-Custom wings and/or control surfaces.
-Custom livery (NASA logo made by BogdanX and special thanks to Mod the mod for feedback on colors).
-Supermaneuverablity (Received feedback from SPMC).
-Thrust vectoring panels (With help from Othawne).
-95% blueprint match (Thrust vectoring panels and landing gear aren't 100% in the correct spot).
-Custom airbrakes.
-Low part count/Mobile friendly.

Personal note:

I had allot of fun building this aircraft. I watched a documentary about it on YouTube and it inspired me to build it. This is probably one of the most interesting and coolest aircrafts I've ever seen and built in SP.

Massive thanks to my friends: ChiChiWerx, BogdanX, Othawne, WNP78, Mod the mod and Eternaldarkness for feedback. Thanks guys!

I hope you will enjoy flying this crazy airplane.

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Android
  • Wingspan 25.4ft (7.7m)
  • Length 51.2ft (15.6m)
  • Height 17.0ft (5.2m)
  • Empty Weight 2,167lbs (983kg)
  • Loaded Weight 11,029lbs (5,003kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 4.278
  • Wing Loading 29.1lbs/ft2 (141.9kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 379.4ft2 (35.3m2)
  • Drag Points 9927

Parts

  • Number of Parts 349
  • Control Surfaces 7
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    4,308 typeZERO

    @Blue0Bull
    Coooooooooool

    29 days ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @typeZERO Check the CoM and CoL. They're super close to each other to cause intentional instability. I used some tricks and did allot of tweaking of the engines to make it fly stable.

    29 days ago
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    4,308 typeZERO

    @Blue0Bull
    The way this plane Thrust Vectors... As far as I know, The way your Build Vectors, is the EXACT MATCH of how a Plane Vectors In Reality. How did you do it?

    one month ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @typeZERO Yep?

    one month ago
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    4,308 typeZERO

    Hello there my Friend. Can I Ask Question?

    one month ago
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    Yeah that’s fine, focus on that @Blue0Bull

    3 months ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @TheXDimension32 First of all, thanks. But sadly I can't help you at the moment because I am very busy with college.

    3 months ago
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    so, ik your really good at fighters, so would you mind helping with the flight mechanics of my a-10?

    3 months ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @SpiritusRaptor Thanks, it was allota hustle to make it fly like it does. So I'm glad you like it.

    3 months ago
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    Nicely done... hovering vertically is super fun!

    +1 3 months ago
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    52.5k Tessemi

    @Blue0Bull well stock sp physics are wonky so i cant say anything there.

    4 months ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @Tessemi My plane certainly is unstable xD

    4 months ago
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    52.5k Tessemi

    @Blue0Bull i mixed the term up with intentional unstability

    4 months ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @Tessemi The position of COM and COL play a role in the stability of the aircraft but it doesn't mean it's instantly supermaneuverable.

    It's all about post stall control. The Su-27 has allot of lift because of the wing design and lifting body design.

    4 months ago
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    52.5k Tessemi

    @Blue0Bull https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/22087/do-any-airplane-designs-exist-that-dont-involve-a-flight-surface-that-provides

    The pictures there show what i meant. Did i mix something up? I heard it in that documentary.

    4 months ago
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    52.5k Tessemi

    @Blue0Bull hm all ive heard about it was from a documentation movie about the making of the su27

    4 months ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermaneuverability maybe read that before you say anything else. @Tessemi

    +4 4 months ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @Tessemi That doesn't determine whether it's supermaneuverable or not.

    +4 4 months ago
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    52.5k Tessemi

    @Blue0Bull the cg is in front of the col so its not.

    4 months ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @Tessemi Well, it is.

    +4 4 months ago
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    52.5k Tessemi

    @Blue0Bull well, it isnt.

    4 months ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @Tessemi I didn't need mods for supermaneuverablity, it just took some more effort.

    +5 4 months ago
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    14.4k Homemade

    Looks like typhoon with smaller wing , nice!

    +1 4 months ago
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    My channel is Icicle Aviation

    4 months ago
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    50.6k Blue0Bull

    @YellvilleArkansas cool!

    4 months ago
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