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    • X-31A Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability

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      Graham Warwick
      The first international X-plane, the Rockwell/MBB X-31A was a joint U.S./German program to demonstrate thrust vectoring and post-stall maneuverability. Two X-31s completed 580 flights between 1990 and 1995. The surviving X-31 flew again between 2000 and 2002 under the Vector program to research thrust vectoring for control of tailless aircraft during very short takeoffs and landings. (Photo: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center)

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