Bell X-22 V/STOL (1966)
About the Design
In yet another attempt to develop a practical VTOL transport, the U.S. Navy developed this four tilt-rotor research craft as part of a joint Navy/Army/Marines (Tri-Service) program in the mid-1960s. For the Navy, the advantage of this design was that, (1) It was small enough to fit on a typical aircraft carrier elevator platform and (2) The ducts around its four propellers would provide protection for crewmen working on and near the vehicle.
The first X-22 flew in March 1966. It was damaged on its 15th flight, its parts salvaged to build another X-22 that completed 228 tests until it was retired in 1984. The plane now resides on display at the Niagara Aerospace Museum in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
About the Kit
This resin model in 1:72 scale was Anigrand's second release.
This model was built from an original issue.