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"Designed as a highly maneuverable stealth test craft, it has superb handling and stealth capability, but a paltry payload."
Harry's description of this plane in the shop.

The X-36, known as the F-25C Warbler in Airforce Delta Storm, is an aircraft that has appeared in all three Airforce Delta games. In real life, the X-36 was a small-scale "aircraft" controlled via a virtual cockpit on the ground, built to test the practicality of planes without rear canards. In the games, however, they are basic fighter jets. In the first game, notably, it was an NPC aircraft used exclusively by the enemy and was unavailable to the player. In Strike, it is usable by Ellen McNichol and is also used by Bravo Squadron in Wind Valley.

Appearance (All games)

The X-36, obviously, has a very interesting design feature; It lacks rear canards. As previously stated, this was the point of the craft; to be a test bed for the possibility of aircraft without rear canards. Aside from that, the craft has a very small profile, and front canards. The rear engine is somewhat covered by an "eyelid-like" shaft, most likely there to vector the thrust of the engines.

Performance

Airforce Delta

As previously mentioned, in this game, the X-36 is used exclusively by the enemy, and cannot be used or unlocked. They also seem to have stealth capabilities. They are worth 50,000 thousand credits per-kill (Unless the kill was made with a vulcan, in which case, the money awarded is doubled).

Airforce Delta Storm

Known as the F-25C Warbler in this game. It is now available for use by the player. It is a decent mid-game plane, having decent stats all around, as well as Stealth and a large range of 4. At the point in which it can be unlocked, it's a fairly decent craft, though once you unlock the likes of the YF-26ER Swan and MiG-1.44 MFI, this plane will start to be outclassed.

Airforce Delta Strike

It, again, is a decent plane, armed with a decent salvo of missiles and LR-AAMs. However, unlike the last game, it lacks a vulcan (Though in space, that does not matter with the standard boosters). Compared to the F-25C Warbler in Storm, the stats this time around are nerfed, which isn't a very good thing, since the stats in Storm were merely "above average". Internal bomb-bays for missiles also hurts it a lot (though this, again, isn't as important in space missions). However, it IS armed with LR-AAMs, one of the best anti-air special weapons in the game, so... Eh. It's okay. It could be better, it could be worse. It's Ellen's only plane armed with LR-AAMs as well.

Statistics

Airforce Delta Storm

Attack: Medium-high

Defense: Very high (4600 HP)

Speed: High

Power: Medium-high

Mobility: Medium-high (!)

Missile: 72

Ability: Stealth

Range: 4

  • (!) - Mobility stat is higher in the PAL version, but still Medium-high.

Airforce Delta Strike

(Clockwise starting from top)

Anti Air Attack: Very high

Mobility: Medium

Defense: Medium-low (2200 HP)

Anti Ground Attack: Low

Thrust: Medium

Speed: Medium-low

Notable Appearances (Missions)

Airforce Delta

Airforce Delta Storm

Airforce Delta Strike

  • Bravo Team uses this plane in Wind Valley. They are all destroyed by the anti air weapon.

Gallery

Airforce Delta

Airforce Delta Storm

Airforce Delta Strike

Trivia

  • In Airforce Delta, enemy X-36s are counted as "Other Aircraft", and do not actually open fire on the player, despite clearly being armed. This is most likely a programming oversight.
  • Technically, the X-36 should not be able to be piloted period. The real life X-36 was a subscale ground-controlled plane controlled by a virtual cockpit on the ground, and is much smaller than normal aircraft (18 feet long).
  • This is the only aircraft to be a non-playable aircraft in one installment, only to be promoted to playable status in all of the others.