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About Boeing X-32

Relly Victoria Virgil Petrescu1
  • 1 Bucharest Polytechnic University, Romania


The Boeing X-32 is a demonstration jet designed for the Joint Strike Fighter contest. He lost the Lockheed Martin X-35 demonstrator, which was further developed in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Boeing's competitive advantage has been to provide considerably lower costs of production and lifecycle by minimizing variations between different versions of the JSF. Therefore, the X-32 was designed around a delta wing of the carbon fiber composite. The wing had an opening of 9.15 meters, with a current of 55 degrees on the front edge and could have up to 20,000 kilograms of fuel. The purpose of the large inclination angle was to allow the use of a thick wings section while obtaining limited transonic aerodynamic resistances and a good angle for the corresponding antenna equipment installed in the wing. Wings would be a challenge to be done. The cost competition strategy also led Boeing to choose a direct traction vectoring system for the short-term STOVL landing requirement, as this would require the addition of a traction vectoring module around the main engine. However, this choice requires the engine to be mounted directly behind the cockpit and changing the center of gravity before being ordinarily positioned in the jets of the plane (behind the plane) to allow neutral movement of the attitude. Boeing proposed in the 1960s a supersonic fighter as a gravity motor with vector pushing nozzles, but never surpassed the images published in the aviation week. By comparison, Lockheed's entry showed, if not, a smaller version of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. The nickname of X-32, Boeing, was "Monica. " However, another direct lifting selection effect was the chrome-air intake, similar to the Vought F-8 Crusader and LTV A-7 Corsair II. This was necessary to provide sufficient air for the main engine (to provide the force of support) during the zero speed horizon when it could not exploit the ram air pressure. A blow to the effect of this large input was the direct potential visibility of the compressor blades to the radar. Among the possibilities of attenuation were the variable moments designed to lock the received radio waves without adversely affecting the air flow.

Journal of Aircraft and Spacecraft Technology
Volume 3 No. 1, 2019, 38-54


Submitted On: 8 March 2019 Published On: 1 April 2019

How to Cite: Virgil Petrescu, R. V. (2019). About Boeing X-32. Journal of Aircraft and Spacecraft Technology, 3(1), 38-54.

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  • Boeing
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