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Space History Photo: Bell X-14A VTOL Demonstration

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Bell Z-14A VTOL demonstration.
(Image: © NASA)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, a demonstration of a vertical landing by the NASA Ames Research Center's Bell X-14A Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft, Dec. 7, 1962. Vanes in the jet exhaust pipe are then turned to deflect the jet exhaust downward allowing the aircraft to descend vertically to a soft landing.

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