Active Stick

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0790
Category: Flight Control
Object Type: Inceptor
Object Name: Active Stick
Part No: 15-040-02
Serial No: 0003
Manufacturer: GEC-Marconi Avionics
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): Boeing JSF 
Year of Manufacture: 1999
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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.

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