Boeing Bird of Prey

The Bird of Prey ( Raptor ) was an experimental aircraft McDonnell Douglas ( 1997: Boeing ) for the U.S. Air Force. The development cost of U.S. $ 67 million and began in 1992. Between 1996 and 1999, a total of 38 test flights completed. The machine is designed as a buoyancy body, the composite material consisted of only one part. The structural design had stealth characteristics that have been realized through the external form, materials and a completely new air intake. The aircraft was developed only on technology demonstrations and trials.

Many of the technologies developed have been incorporated into the Boeing X -45 program for an unmanned combat aircraft.


  • Wingspan: 7.01 m
  • Length: 13,32 m
  • Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT15D -5, each 14.2 kN
  • Weight: 3360 kg
  • Maximum speed: 480 km / h
  • Service ceiling: 6,100 m
  • Crew: 1 pilot