Ball-Bartoe Jetwing

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JW-1 Jetwing
Jetwing front.jpg
Role Research aircraft
Manufacturer Ball-Bartoe
Designer Otto Bartoe
First flight 11 July 1977
Number built 1
Jetwing port.jpg
Augmentor detail
Augmentor detail

The Ball-Bartoe JW-1 Jetwing was a US research aircraft flown in the 1970s to investigate blown wing technology. It was a small, mid-wing design powered by a turbofan and fitted with tailwheel undercarriage. The upper surface of the swept wings incorporated a slot along around 70% of their span, through which air from the engine's fan stage could be discharged. Mounted above this slot was a small secondary airfoil called an "augmentor", intended to direct the airflow over the wing. With this arrangement, it was found that the aircraft remained controllable at airspeeds as low as 40 mph (64 km/h).

Following the test program, the aircraft was donated to the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma. In 2007, the Jetwing was donated by UTSI to the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado.

Specifications (Jetwing)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 29 ft 0 in (8.84 m)
  • Wingspan: 21 ft 9 in (6.63 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
  • Wing area: 105 ft2 (9.8 m2)
  • Empty weight: 2,500 lb (1,134 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,336 lb (1,513 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-1 turbofan, 2,200 lbf (9.8 kN)


  • Maximum speed: 400 (347 Kt) mph (644 km/h)
  • Range: 120 nmi (220 km) miles ( km)  41 minutes min


  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 121. 
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 890 Sheet 02. 
  • Aeroplane Monthly "Whispering Jetwing". Stamford Street, London, England: IPC Transport Press Ltd, and Bryan Cambray, FIMI. pp. 366–369, July 1978, Vol. 6, No. 7. 

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