I saw some awesome landing gear when browsing flickr, so I stole the idea and built the landing gear. But it didn't really work on any of my planes. So I built a new one, it's sole purpose to be a landing gear tester. But when I finished, it looked so awesome I took nice photos of it. Here it is:
The X-55 was designed as a plane that could travel in both atmosphere and vacuum. Hence the name 'Space Plane'.
It uses a powerful combination rocket/jet engine to achieve the high speed necessary for lift, which is gained from the short wings and the shape of the fuselage.
Top view. Silhouetteness.
And now the best part, the landing gear. The forward gear is more complicated. First the hatch opens.
Then the landing gear flips out, and the hatch can close again with the landing gear still out there, resulting in awesomeness.
The rear gear. (Get your rear in gear!) All I had to incorporate here was an indent in the wing for the wheels, because at re-entry speed any protrusions would be ripped off. When the landing gear is activated, these just fold down.
And here it is with the landing gear down. I like this picture.
Welp, that's all, folks! Tune in next time, for. . .