Machine Design

Fighter-style jet prototype preparing for take-off

A prototype of the commercial Javelin jet, which looks and handles like a fighter, is nearly ready for its first flight.

Mock-up of the subsonic Javelin jet.

According to its developer, Aviation Technology Group (ATG), Englewood, Colo., the Javelin is a subsonic aircraft capable of flying at a max speed of .92 Mach (about 100 mph faster than a commercial airliner) with a ceiling of 45,000 ft. The prototype lets ATG evaluate performance, handling, and installed systems.

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