|Object Name:||Active Stick|
|Year of Manufacture:||1999|
|Location:||Archive Object Store|
Controller Assy., Active Stick
The Boeing X-32 was a multi-purpose jet fighter in the Joint Strike Fighter contest. It lost to the Lockheed Martin X-35 demonstrator which was further developed into the F-35 Lightning II. The X-32 featured a large chin mounted air intake and a large one piece carbon fibre composite wing which would prove a challenge to fabricate. The first flight of the X-32A took place in September 2000, from Boeing's Palmdale plant to Edwards Air Force Base. The X-32B demonstrated STOVL flight, first flying in March 2001. The X-32 achieved STOVL flight in much the same way as the AV-8 Harrier II with thrust vectoring of the jet and fan exhaust. BAE Systems supplied the Pilot’s Control Stick for the Boeing X-32.