Concept Plane Eye Candy: Boeing’s F/A-XX

While we’re on the topics of new Boeing jets, let’s take a look at the latest evolution of Boeing’s concept for a 6th-generation manned, carrier-launched strike fighter dubbed F/A-XX.

We saw the first drawings of the concept jet in 2010 during the Navy League’s annual Sea, Air, Space conference in National Harbor, Md. This year’s conference saw the Chicago-based company unveil a model of the plane.

Click through the jump for more pics (forgive the quality, I took them with an iPhone).


  • TMB

    What’s the in background of picture #2? It looks like another plane design with a bunch of suits standing around it.

    • Pat

      That looks like an F-18.

      • Andy

        look at again, F22 with no tail……..

  • Andy

    This look better than F35 , twin Engine? damn it a bad a$$ looking plane

  • RCDC

    Let it fly! Will this be flying on our territorial airspace, South Korea or Kuwait?

  • Hunter76

    6th gen manned fighter?

    Hyper-expensive fodder for next gen unmanned air wing.

    Main thing is the industrialists and politicians will have been paid off.

    The US cannot afford to lose the uav race. Even small powers such Iran can mass-produce uavs.

  • Belesari

    OK for all the idiots who are going to start spewing “BUT MANNED IS THE PAST THE FUTURE IS UAV’s!!!!!!” Stealth was a MOVIE. Cool movie but a movie none the less.

    Right now one of our hardest problems is to

    OK just so its clear….


    Any vehicle capable of going toe-toe with a modern or hell let alone a 4th or 5th gen fighter is going to cost as much if not more than said fighter.

    They are also 30 or more years away atleast. If anything we will see them become the back seat drivers on the future aircraft. For EW and other jobs.

    This has been your serving of reality…..thank you calm the f**k down.

  • stephen russell

    FA 36? FA 45.
    New designation.

  • ajspades

    Looks amazingly similar to the X-44 MANTA
    Guess there are no copyrights on aircraft design.

  • Mars HQ

    This looks cool on the surface, but what engines will are expected to power this concept, and what is the expected weights and dimensions of this concept?

    Are those twin F414 EDE? F110 or F100? What’s the empty weight and length?

    It would appear to have capacity for longer endurance and better range than F-35, which would of course be a positive.

    But I must confess that while this looks good, I’d highly encourage Boeing to simultaneously propose a radical concept redesign of the Super Hornet, similar in scope to the F-16XL concept. Boeing could seek NASA and DARPA assistance and under a joint research.

    A radically improved Super Hornet platform with dramatic improvements in drag reductions, improved range and reduced RCS would be an interesting ‘generational bridge’ concept until 6th gen can better mature and until policy makers can get a better handle on what exactly can be afforded and what should be deployed as a 2040 US Tactical fighter.

    Off the shelf and currently being developed systems and avionics from an already existing international supply chain could be incorporated into a next-gen architecture, rather than trying to reinvent a brand new supply chain with new avionics, etc. Simply, cherry pick the most superior globally available systems or soon to be available and integrate them into the platform for a superior cost-effective product!

  • tiger

    Where is the rudder? Yes, the marvels of flight computers are nice , but I’d like to have one.

  • tiger

    I Guess I’ll have wait for Generation 7 to see a VF-1 Veritech “Valkyrie” fly?

  • Larry Chase

    the more High priced it is the merrier the armed services are when we have to foot the Billhow much about 1.8 Billion possibly just another toy for them last time it was the Raptor

  • What this needs is a STOVL version.

  • FtD

    next gen already? what about the still in development 5th gen F35??

  • The air intakes appear outdated, a F-18 copy.

  • sam

    why do we need another expensive stealth plane why not just a realy realy good normal fighter that we can mass produce

  • asdf

    nice plane or not, augustine’s law is well on the way

  • Michael

    The intakes are not diverterless?

  • johnysmith

    a RFI has been launched to look into the new US Navy fighter to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler in the 2030s.

  • Genuinely no matter if someone doesn’t know then its
    up to other users that they will assist, so here it happens.