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Close troop support ground attack experimental aircraft that was bested by its competition: Northrop A-9

Concept experimental air tanker: A-10 Fire Hog

Unsuccessful First World War German observation twin boom, pusher plane, based on the AGO C 2:  AGO C 3

Prototype observation biplane that unsuccessfully tried to correct the handling issues of the C 4:  AGO C 7

Test observation biplane equipped with a different engine than the C 4 in the hope of improving reliability. It never entered production:  AGO C 7

Observation biplane experimental aircraft of conventional design; a single example was produced in 1915. Its speed and handling did not compare with other aircraft and the project was canceled:  AGO DV 3

Experimental aircraft produced in 1918 to be used for ground attack. It was armed with a 20 mm cannon in a fixed downward firing position. The design never made it into production due to the end of the War:  AGO SJ

Experimental high speed rotorcraft with a rotor and pusher prop: AH-56 Cheyenne

Light single engine rotorcraft proposed to replace the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter. Four prototypes were produced. The first one flew on July 20, 2006. One prototype lost power and made an auto rotation landing. The crew survived, but the helicopter was damaged beyond repair. The project was canceled in October of 2008 due to delays and cost overruns:  Bell AHR-70

Canadian built interceptor prototype aircraft that never went into production due to politics: Avro Arrow

Experimental aircraft that is the world's smallest airplane overall: Stits Baby Bird

Experimental aircraft recognized as the world's smallest jets: Bede BD-5J

Experimental seaplanes, the largest built during WW II: Blohm & Voss BV 238

Experimental triplane bomber, largest ever, built at the end of WW1: Bristol Braemer

Experimental aircraft, the world's smallest biplane: Starr Bumble Bee

Experimental nine-wing 100 seat seaplane: Caproni Ca.60

Experimental aircraft of the mid 1930's built for the purpose of setting altitude records: Caproni Ca.161

Experimental aircraft combining an air boat and hydroplane, designed to test ground effect on large, heavy vehicles: Caspian Sea Monster

Drone experimental aircraft that set the world's piston powered engine altitude record: Boeing Condor

Twin radial engine reconnaissance experimental aircraft produced by France. One flew in 1939. The project ended when France was occupied by German troops: Dewoitine D720

Experimental aircraft built to win long distance races: DGA-6 Mr. Mulligan

Experimental aircraft that won the Maidenhall England to Melbourne Australia race of 1934: DH.88

This German fighter/bomber was one of the fastest experimental aircraft of World War II: Do-335

U.S. Navy test aircraft that became the world's only supersonic seaplanes: F2Y

Experimental aircraft with the fuselage of a F-15A, the wings of a F/A-18 and canards with differential up front: F-15S/MTD

Experimental aircraft that has the fuselage of a F-16 and crank arrow wings: F-16 XL

Experimental aircraft built for the purpose of being the first to cross the Atlantic: Felixstowe Fury

Experimental fighter aircraft that were propelled with both a piston engine and a jet simultaneously: FR-1

Experimental concept bomber project designed by Japan to attack the U.S. mainland from long range: Nakajima G10N Fugaku

Experimental aircraft, driven by electric motors, that set an altitude record of 96,863 feet: NASA Helios

Experimental aircraft that set a world air speed record and a U.S. transcontinental speed record: Hughes H-1 Racer

Experimental aircraft recognized as the world's smallest helicopter: GEN H-4

Experimental aircraft with the longest wingspan of any airplane: Hughes H4 Spruce Goose

First successful experimental jet aircraft: Heinkel He-178

Experimental jet fighter, the first ever jet powered aircraft in Latin America, produced by Argentina, that first flew in 1947. Only one was built. The project was canceled due to poor flight performance: FMA IAE 27

Experimental jet fighter, the first with swept wings from Latin America, produced by Argentina. Five were produced starting in 1948. By the time its unstable flight issues were resolved, aircraft from other nations were deemed superior. The project was canceled in 1960: FMA IAE 33

Jet powered flying wing, developed in Argentina, resembling a paper airplane, introduced in 1953 and canceled in 1960 due to budget limitations: FMA IAE 37

Twin jet engine experimental aircraft designed in 1956, with an elongated delta-like wing, intended as a supersonic interceptor, canceled due to lack of funding: FMA IAE 48

Experimental aircraft, that if successful, would have been the primary fighter/bombers of the Israeli Air Force in the 1990's and beyond:  IAI Lavi

Japanese pusher prop powered canard experimental aircraft of World War II: J7W

Chinese fifth generation stealthy multirole fighter experimental aircraft, first flown in 2011: Chengdu J-20

Experimental aircraft flown in 1908 that won the Scientific American Cup for flying over 1 kilometer (3,280 ft.):  AEA June Bug

Experimental aircraft with a huge propeller, driven by four engines: Linke-Hoffman R.II

Experimental fighter aircraft carried by their mother ship for its protection: Messerschmitt Me-328

Early experimental aircraft, propelled by a fan jet, that eventually flew as Italy's first powered, non-propeller aircraft:  Caproni Campini N1

Experimental flying wing aircraft:  Northrop N9M

Experimental U.S. fighter plane that went on to become the P-51 Mustang: North American NA-73X

Experimental four wing fighter aircraft built to intercept Zeppelins: P.B.31E Nighthawk

Experimental U.S. Navy jet seaplane bombers:  P6M Seamaster

Experimental aircraft, the first Australian built jets, used as manned prototypes for target drones. Two were built with the first flown in 1950. One crashed in 1951 and the other was retired in 1954: GAF Pika

Experimental aircraft that was the largest all-metal seaplane ever produced: Saunders-Roe Princess

Experimental U.S. stealth helicopter project cancelled after billions spent: RAH-66 Comanche

Experimental aircraft, the first to be powered by four engines: Russky Vityaz

Experimental aircraft, the first in Canada to make a controlled flight while under power: AEA Silver Dart

Experimental aircraft, privately funded, first ever to reach space: SpaceShipOne

Experimental aircraft for high altitude research, set a world record: Strato 2C

Russia's extreme agility demonstration fighter with thrust vectoring and forward swept wings: Su-47

Experimental triplane with six engines, largest aircraft in the world when produced: Tarrant Tabor

Experimental racer aircraft that beat the best the military had to offer: Travel Air Mystery Ship

Experimental aircraft that looked like a flying saucer, originally built as a fighter, but flew more like an unstable helicopter. The project started in 1958 and ended in 1961: VZ-9 Avrocar

Experimental launch aircraft for SpaceShipOne: White Knight

Experimental aircraft, testing the ability to achieve powered control flight: Wright Flyer

Experimental cargo aircraft that never went into production due to lack of funding: Boeing YC-14

Russian experimental interceptor aircraft that set a 1962 world speed record: Mikoyan Ye-152


Bell YFM-1 heavy twin experimental fighter
Experimental Aircraft YFM-1

Twin pusher prop V-12 engine experimental fighter aircraft equipped with one 37mm cannon in the forward compartment of the engine pod on each wing. Thirteen aircraft were produced and deployed throughout the United States by February of 1940. The aircraft was slower and less maneuverable than other fighters, the engines overheated, the turbochargers caused the engines to continuously backfire, aircraft pitch was extremely sensitive and difficult to control, and losing an engine would put the plane into a spin. An on board auxiliary power unit provided electricity for all major aircraft functions. It was unreliable, and when it stopped running the engine fuel pumps, and major aircraft controls failed. The aircraft were withdrawn from service in January of 1942: Bell YFM-1

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