Aircraft Photo of 54-1620 / 41620 | Ryan X-13 Vertijet | USA - Air Force |
Registration / Serial:54-1620
Serial Painted:41620
Aircraft Original Type:Ryan X-13 Vertijet
Aircraft Generic Type:Ryan X-13 Vertijet
Aircraft Version:Ryan X-13 Vertijet
Operator / Titles:USA - Air Force
C/n (msn):[ 54-1620 ]
City / Airport:Dayton - Wright-Patterson AFB / Wright AFB (closed)Map
Region / Country:Ohio, United States
Airport Codes:ICAO: -   IATA: -   Local: DWF   Other: -
Collection:National Museum of the US Air Force
Photo Date:10 March 2015
Photo by:Gary VincentContact
Photo ID: 41582
Photographer's Remark

After WWII, Ryan Aeronautical studied the feasibility of a vertically launched jet fighter for the US Navy. In 1953, the Air Force awarded them a contract to build two jet-powered VTOL aircraft designated X-13. This is the second of those and it became the first jet aircraft to demonstrate a full cycle of vertical take-off, transition to horizontal flight and maneuver, then make a vertical landing on April 7, 1957. 54-1620 was transferred to the US Air Force Museum at Dayton, OH in 1959.

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