Williams X-Jet

Why the hell don’t we have these all over the place:

Williams X-Jet Video

This thing is called a Williams X-Jet and it was built by Williams International for US military in the 1980’s, and is one of the most awesome things I saw lately. I mean, how totally fucking win is that:

Williams X-Jet

Someone should take that design, apply some modern engineering to it, make it half the size, more fuel efficient, put a cap on how high it can fly, and start selling it as the new segway kind of bullshit. It even steers the same way. Same kind of people who now own a segway, would shell out big bucks for a personal J-Jet thing.

Seriously, when are we going to get those damn flying cars they were promising us since like the 70’s?

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31 Responses to Williams X-Jet

  1. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    I want!

    Damn the arrmy.. not developing the technology and allowing it to filter down to become a consumer product.. damn their eyes!!

    also, your captcha that says “woot” won’t let me through, I’ll try “w00t”

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  2. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    note to self: little gap at the top of an o = it’s a 0

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  3. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Come on! There is only one way to spell w00t. ;P

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  4. Miloš UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    looks cool, but can you see people colliding mid air in these things…lol! Most can’t operate machinery firmly placed on ground I would seriously be afraid seeing what they would do in the air.

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  5. Starhawk UNITED STATES Mozilla Ubuntu Linux says:

    If ya haven’t saw it I thought ya’d be interested

    “the first flying car has finally gone on sale. Just like the car George uses to drop off the kids, the Moller M200G Volantor is shaped like a saucer.”

    see World’s First Flying Car Enters Production

    Damn it looks cool but that only 10 ft off of the ground thing kinda blows its usefulness. too many trees around here.

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  6. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Hehe! Kinda looks like Fantasticar! LOL

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  7. Marcos UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    I agree with Milos, some machines with tires and hand whell the people crash, flight school at least
    1 year.

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  8. Jerry P. UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    It’s ceiling is 10,000 ft, and the way most bozos drive a car I’d be afraid to step out of my (would be) reinforced house.

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  9. xxManxx UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Firstly Woot can be spelled wewt, secondly, id like to see safety technology applied to this such as aforementioned ceiling cap,, and a gyroscope would be interesting to see. I personally love this and would love to have it to go to nearby locations and it goes way faster than id wana fly it lol, i just wonder how much wind would take to compromise it. Anyone know if they still make these? if anyone has heard of these being in production please contact me with the information @ huntingforhumans@gmail.com thankyou very much !(this beats the hell out of mini bikes and atvs lmao)

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  10. aroughman UNITED STATES Safari Mac OS says:

    Information on the X-Jet flying platform is extremely hard to find but the design is very simple. The most expensive part is the Jet Engine. The patent is actually public domain but seemingly cannot be found in a patent search. I now have a copy (and build blueprints) that I acquired a year ago. The good and bad news is that the X-Jet is basically a frame built around the Williams F107 fanjet engine which powers it. Good news-wise, the design is extremely simple to duplicate and balance. The bad news is that the F107 is the same engine powering the Tomahawk missile so unless you are NASA or Military research… forget it. WIlliams International also has no interest in assisting a rebuild. The concept is cool but what I know and can see is that there are many safety issues inherent with the design that cannot be overcome and would be risking the life of the operator on every flight. No other engine on the market is small enough and weight compatible to do the original design but we are working on it. It’s a fore/aft vs vertical thrust thing and the heavier weight of current available turbojets (even with the fuel sipping advantages) only add to the safety issues involved in doing a redevelopment of the original concept.

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  11. Alex Smitran AUSTRALIA Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Why doesnt some home engineer get together with other engineers and build one so they can secretly fly this thing and sell the plans on how to build it. If anyone knows where i can get plans for this i would really like to no.

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  12. Alex Smitran AUSTRALIA Internet Explorer Windows says:

    hello i was wondering if you would be able to send me a copy of the build plans, since i and very interested in knowing how the x jet works and would like to build a home made one in the future. thanks

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  13. sean UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Hi , I would like to know if you could e-mail me a copy of the plans for the williams x-jet .

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  14. Scott Watson UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux says:

    @ Matt`:
    Hello, I am Scott Watson,

    US Patent for Ariel Vehicle NO. 4,447,024 has the technical explanation on how the WASP operates, I do Have a Digital Copy of the WASP book Written By Terry L. Metzgar, any one want one? Due to the Copyright I am not allowed to post it with out the authors permission, the Details of this book explain why the WASP was not brought into inventory, (Army Helicopter pilots did not want to lose any flight pay) there is a WASP group on facebook, since I decided to become an expert in this machine thought you should know I look at a F107 Fanjet engine today, I might buy it.

    Due to a treaty which states 1,500 ACLM cruise missiles are to be destroyed, this means the airframes will be stripped of everything and then crushed, makes for a lot of extra parts for the remaining ACLMS, which are considered anaemic in thrust compared to the F112.

    In 2020 the ACLMS with the F107 fanjet engines are to be removed from Service, that is 5,700 units.

    Each unit requires the stamped components to be replaced with Machined components, and several other MODS before they can be mounted Vertically in a WASP airframe.

    FYI: four to one bypass fanjet engine would be more efficient and use less fuel, create less noise, and provide more lift but until this is made all I have to work with is the F107 which was based upon the 1965 Bell Aero system Flying Jet Belt US ARMY Contract NO. DA23-204-AMC-03712(T)

    By the way the F107 Conversion to Individual Lift Device (ILD) Costs $15,000. and the use of a 5 axis MILL.

    Have a Nice Day, wanna know more?

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  15. Anders Norcross UNITED STATES Safari Mac OS says:


    Thanks for the information, if possible I would like to learn more about the WASP if you would be so kind as to shoot me an email on the digital copy, and any other info about the WASP andersnorcross@gmail.com
    Cheers!@ Scott Watson:

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  16. Abhinav Sarangi CHILE Google Chrome Windows says:

    Hey Scott,

    First of all thanks for the sharing all this information. I would really like to learn more about the WASP. Could you please shoot me an email on the digital copy, and any other info about the WASP at abhimir@gmail.com
    Look forward to hearing from you, and also I have also sent a request to join the FB group.

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  17. Scott Watson UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux says:

    @ aroughman:
    I found and made friends with a WASP II pilot, who has a very good memory and all the ground and pilot manuals for the WASP II.

    I think we should talk about information, we have 30 minutes of the WASP II which has not seen the light of day in 30 years.

    I am interested in the Technical information you possess.

    Between all of US we have everything needed to build and fly the WASP II.

    UK sold all their Harriers to the US Marines and declassified the air plane, which includes the RB 108 designed by Rolls Royce 50 years ago this engine has 2,000 plus pounds of thrust and operates 4,000 in the vertical position before it need a rebuild.


    We should talk….

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  18. Gregg Eshelman UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I wonder how much the flight time would be extended by building a WASP-II from modern lightweight composites?

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  19. Scott Watson UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux says:

    @ Gregg Eshelman:
    90 minutes of flight time if all components weighed 50% less.

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  20. Alan UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @ Scott Watson:

    Hi Scott.

    I have just been made aware of this fantastic machine! Scott, could you send the digital copy of that book and any other info you might be willing to share to me @ safye69@gmail.com


    I wonder if a safety chute similar to what they have on some modern light general aviation aircraft could be installed to deploy in the event of an engine failure at altitude?

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  21. Kevin Martin UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    @ Scott Watson

    Can you send me the info you have on th WASP I would love to learn more kevinrmartin21@gmail.com What is the price for the F107 is a person is able to buy one surplus from the military. Thanks Kevin

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  22. Scott Watson UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux says:

    Apparently the filter is going to make me enter the links one at a time all this in the day and age of communication, BS.


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  23. Scott Watson UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux says:

    I posted new video of the WASP II.

    I am Scott Watson, look up the 2012 WASP project on indidgogo.com

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  24. Alex UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    @ aroughman:

    Can you send me any information, manuals, books and blueprints you have of the WASP. I work at a place that builds aircraft parts and have a few friends that are engineers. My email adress is alexscott78@hotmail.com.

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  25. MichaelC UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    @ aroughman:
    With modern small jets and materials you could cut the 400lb weight by three quarters, and electronics could even make it fly automatically if the pilot were disabled and to avoid collisions. Even with those improvements I’ll bet it would cost less than a cheap car to make today. Some kind of ballistic parachute would be needed for engine failure.

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  26. jonathon a von teitloff UNITED STATES Safari Mac OS says:

    @ aroughman:I have been looking for those blueprints for a long time I live close to the Seattle air museum and have seen the prototype lots of times. Can you tell me how to get a full set of blueprints? I would be willing to pay a reasonable price. I believe I could buld a much lighter, better mousetrap. Can you help?
    Thanks, Jon

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