The Switchblade is a fictional small, single-seat military glider used for covert troop deployment by British and American armed forces. The equipment appeared in EON Productions' 2002 James Bond film, Die Another Day.
The Switchblade is an ultra small, single person aircraft, with scale performance and appearance similar to a supersonic fighter aircraft. The Switchblade is typically launched from another aircraft at high-altitude. At the end of the flight, the pilot separates from the Switchblade and deploys his parachute. The Switchblade’s wings fold in for launch or high-speed dives and spread in flight for cruise and manoeuvres. Two Switchblades were used by James Bond and and his NSA associate Jinx to enter North Korea undetected.
Behind the scenes
The Switchblade was based on a workable model called "PHASST" (Programmable High Altitude Single Soldier Transport). Kinetic Aerospace Inc.'s lead designer, Jack McCornack was impressed by director Lee Tamahori's way of conducting the Switchblade scene and said, "It's brief, but realistic. The good guys get in unobserved, thanks to a fast cruise, good glide performance, and minimal radar signature. It's a wonderful promotion for the PHASST."