military v-tails

Use of a v-tail on military aircraft was fairly rare until the advent of stealth technology. There have only been 2 subsonic jet fighter types to have a v-tail: the Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor, and the Supermarine Type 508 and 529. The YF-23 is the only supersonic jet fighter to feature a v-tail. The Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk is the only jet strike aircraft to have such a tail so far. Probably the most widely known use of the v-tail in military circles would be the Fouga CM.170 Magister, the world's first dedicated jet trainer.


Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor. This aircraft was originally desined with a conventional tail and then subsequently modified. It was beast of a thing with a bizarre wing planform which tapered to the root instead of outwards. Insane idea... but there were many insane concepts in the 50s.

Last updated November 2010.

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