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X-31 24-degree angle of attack landing

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Uploaded on Sep 1, 2006

On April 29 at NAS Pawtuxet River, Maryland, the unique Vector X-31 made the world's first fully automated, 24-degree angle of attack (AoA) thrust-vectored landing. The high AoA landing marked the final flight in the Vector's three-year ESTOL (extremely short takeoff and landing) program. The project was designed to demonstrate the viability of ESTOL thrust vectoring and was carried out with a collaboration of the U.S. Navy, Germany's Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and Boeing Aerospace.

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