North American X-10. Specifications. A photo.
North American X-10. Specifications. A photo.

North American X-10. Specifications. A photo.


North American X-10 - US experimental unmanned aircraft, developed in 1953, the company «North American Aviation».


North American X-10  a photo


Designing drone North American X-10 40 began in the late-ies of the last century. Despite the fact that a new device was of a rather narrow scope of its application, in particular. was used mainly for scientific research, the project proved to be very promising in many respects ahead of his time.

Perfect aerodynamic shape of the fuselage drone model North American X-10, provides unmanned aircraft not only good maneuverability, but also allows you to accelerate to a high speed of flight, which was also appreciated, and subsequently became the basis for the design of a large number of modern drones.

The first flight of the UAV North American X-10 1953 took place in October of the year, and due to the fact that he passed successfully enough work on its improvement were continued.

UAV North American X-10 has a fairly large size of its fuselage structure, in particular, the length of this device is 23 meters, while wingspan is only 8 59 meter centimeters. It should be clarified that the form factor is almost no influence on the aerodynamic characteristics of the UAV, as the structure is formed sufficiently accurately.

As the power plant on the drone North American X-10 used two jet engine brand Westinghouse XJ40-WE-1, each of which has a towing capacity of 48 kN., Which in turn allows the drone to reach a maximum speed of his flight into 2090 km \ h.

Over the entire period of production, the American aircraft manufacturers 13 aircraft of this model were built.


Specifications North American X-10.


  • Length: 23 m .;
  • Wingspan: 8,59 m .;
  • Height: 4,39 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 15880 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 980 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 2090 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 200 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 13700 m .;
  • aircraft engine Type: Jet;
  • Powerplant: 2 x Westinghouse XJ40-WE-1;
  • Power: 2 x 48 kN.



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