Boeing Bird of Prey

Boeing’s Bird of Prey was a low observable technology demonstrator that flew in 1996. In addition to testing features of low-observable (so-called “stealth”) technologies, the Bird of Prey also tested new materials, manufacturing,  and advanced aerodynamics. Design features were also incorporated in the Boeing X-45 UCAV.

The flight test program ran for 38 flights and cost about $67 million.

Below is a video highlighting some of the aircraft and program features:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji9oTAONTdI&w=420&h=315]

Below are some pictures (h/t The Brigrade) featuring the aircraft in flight during the flight test program and as she currently appears in the National Museum of the USAF:

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4 thoughts on “Boeing Bird of Prey”

      1. Don’t feel too bad. I’ve actually posted something only to realize later I’d posted it a year or two before.

        We don’t call it “old” or “recycled.”

        It’s “Vintage!” or “A Classic!”

  1. Don’t take it personally, Spill! He does that to me from time to time, too. Like we’re sposta memorize all of them…

    I just do my Billy Blaze from Night Shift… “Did I tell ya I invented Handi-Wipes? Only they already had ’em.”

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