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Ryan XV-5 Vertifan

2 November 2011

Ryan XV-5 Vertifan

31º 19′ 26″ N / 85º 42′ 50″ W

This aircraft was Ryan’s last aircraft design and a venture into the realm of non rotary wing vertical flight. Fans in each wings as well as the nose could direct thrust downward while conventional jet exhausts provided thrust for horizontal flight. Powered by twin turbojet engines this research craft carried a crew of two in a side-by-side arrangement. Two XV-5s were built — one lost in a crash and this one damaged in an accident which killed the pilot, Bob Tittle. It was rebuilt and eventually placed on display on the grounds of the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. Overall, the Vertijets were flown from 1966 through 1971 by a total of 15 test pilots.

Ryan’s XV-5 Vertijet, note the long test boom on the nose which is typical of an experimental aircraft — photo by Joseph May

Side-by-side cockpit with overhead jet intake for the twin turbojets — photo by Joseph May

A closer view of the intake scoop — photo by Joe May

The jet exhaust of engine similar to those which powered the Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter, though without afterburners (reheat) — photo by Joseph May

Profile view of the Vertijet at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum in Fort Rucker AL (near Daleville) — photo by Joseph May

The aircraft in these photos is on display in the U.S. Army Aviation Museum — pasting the museum’s name into the search window and selecting ENTER will bring you to more posts about the museum and its other aircraft.

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