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Battle of the X-Planes

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X-Planes homepage


Links

Federation of American Scientists
www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/jsf.htm
This page offers a general overview of the Joint Strike Fighter program, including the winning plane's design, capabilities, cost, and size. You'll also find diagrams and color photographs of the X-35 and X-32.


DefenseLINK
www.defenselink.mil/photos/DefPrograms/JointStrikeFighter
The U.S. Department of Defense maintains a page devoted to the Joint Strike Fighter competition between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. View press releases and photographs going back to the beginning of the program in 1996.


Lockheed Martin
www.lmaeronautics.com/products/combat_air/x-35/
Browse every aspect of the Joint Strike Fighter program from Lockheed Martin's point of view. See detailed diagrams and read explanations of the X-35's design, read archived press releases from throughout the competition, look through a stunning photo gallery, and more.


Boeing Phantom Works
www.boeing.com/phantom/flash.html
Explore the Web site of Boeing's research and development unit, where the X-32 was born. Find out more about the X-32 and see scores of other highly advanced Boeing aircraft and aerospace vehicles in production.



Books

Joint Strike Fighter: Boeing X-32 vs. Lockheed Martin X-35
by Bill Sweetman. Motorbooks International, 1999.
Sweetman's book gives a detailed behind-the-scenes picture of the Joint Strike Fighter competition. See exclusive color photography of production lines, test designs in flight, weaponry, cockpits, and more. Also, read a vivid account of the grueling design and manufacturing processes at the two companies.


Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works
by Jay Miller. Minneapolis: Specialty Press, 1996.
Renowned aerospace historian Jay Miller presents the definitive, authorized history of the Skunk Works, where Lockheed Martin's airplanes are designed and produced. Miller's volume includes descriptions of the day-to-day activities inside the facility today as well as histories of the most famous Lockheed planes manufactured at the Skunk Works.


Boeing: Planemaker to the World
by Robert Redding and Bille Yenne. Berkeley: Thunder Bay Press, 1997.
Redding and Yenne, authors of several books on airplanes and airplane manufacturers, present a detailed account of Boeing's commercial, military, and aerospace industries. Browse 350 historical photographs and explore the history of the largest transport aircraft manufacturer in the Western world.


Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach
by Daniel P. Raymer. Reston, VA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1999.
This 1,000-page illustrated book presents the entire process of aircraft design, from analyzing the requirements of a plane to be built, to putting the final aerodynamic touches on an aircraft after it is built. Learn about aerodynamics, stealth technology, wing design, tail design, and more from a top industry expert.


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