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#AA-2002   1/72 scale  Bell X-22A  Tilting ducts VTOL X-plane experiment

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

27 resin parts

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Clear resin canopy & Decal

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Span 166 mm

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Length 167 mm

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Unit price: US$38

Shipping charge: US$3.50

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra  decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$0.3

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Aircraft History and Specification

During early 1950s, Bell Aircraft began studying conventional ducted propeller & jet aviation concept. US Navy was interested in this design, and studied with Bell for an assault transport with VTOL capability. Its design that could fit on carrier elevators and the duct around the props would provide a safety benefit to personnel working in ship's flight deck. In 1962, Navy selected this ducted-fans design for the Tri-services program, and signed contract to Bell for the research test-bed, designated X-22A. The first flight was completed successfully on March 1966. Five months later, during its 15th flight, it was involved in a major accident that caused by a dual hydraulic system failure. The remaining parts from the damaged airplane were used to complete the second X-22A which took over the flight test program. It first flew a year later in 1967. After completed +300 flights, all the flight research was done. The program was ended in 1984.

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Experimental VTOL assault transport aircraft

To research tilting ducted propeller VTOL configuration

39ft.4in.

39ft.7in.

20ft.7in.

4x General Electric YT58-GE-8D shaft turbine

445 mph

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Model References

The Bell X-22A is suitable to group with the following collection series.

U.S. X-planes experiment before 2000

Bell X-1

Bell X-2

Douglas X-3 Stiletto

Northrop X-4 Bantam

Bell X-5

Convair X-6

Lockheed X-7

Aerojet X-8 Aerobee

Bell X-9 Shrike

North American X-10

Convair X-11 (XB-65) Altas

Convair X-12 (XB-65) Altas II

Ryan X-13 Vertijet

Bell X-14

Northrop American X-15

Bell X-16 Bald Eagle

Lockheed X-17

Hiller X-18

Curtiss-Wright X-19 (XC-143)

Boeing X-20 Dyna Soar

Northrop X-21A

Bell X-22A

Martin X-23 Prime

Martin X-24

Bensen X-25

Schweizer X-26

Lockheed X-27 Lancer

Pereira X-28 Osprey I

Grumman X-29

Rockwell X-30

Rockwell-M.B.B. X-31

Boeing X-32

Lockheed Martin X-33

Orbital Sciences X-34 RLV

Lockheed Martin X-35 (F-35)

McDonnell Douglas X-36

Boeing X-37 SMV

Scaled Composites X-38 CRV

U.S.A.F. X-39

Boeing X-40 SMV

Boeing X-41 CAV

Orital Scuences X-42 USFEx

Mirco Craft X-43 Hyper-X

Lockheed Martin X-44 Manta

Boeing X-45 UCAV

U.S. Tri-Service VTOL transport competition in 1961

Hiller X-18

Curtiss-Wright X-19 (XC-143)

Bell X-22

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U.S. VTOL experimental aircraft