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By Dennis R Jenkins, Tony Landis, Jay Miller

For it slow, it appeared the sequence of experimental plane subsidized via the U.S. executive had run its direction. among the overdue Forties and the overdue Seventies, nearly thirty designations have been allotted to airplane intended to discover new flight regimes or untried applied sciences. Then, mostly, it ended. yet there has been a resurgence within the mid- to past due- Nineteen Nineties, and as we input the fourth 12 months of the hot millennia, the designations are as much as X-50.

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The second D-558-I crashed on 3 May 1948, killing NACA pilot Howard C. Lilly. The third Skystreak is owned by the Carolinas Historical Aviation Museum located at the Charlotte International Airport in North Carolina. The rocket-powered air-launched D-558-II Skyrocket became the first aircraft to exceed Mach 2. The first D-558-II is on display at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California. The number two Skyrocket, the aircraft used by Scott Crossfield to first break Mach 2, is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

There is no record of the disposition of the fourth vehicle. 30 The X-23A/SVD-5D program represented a major step forward in the design of maneuvering reentry vehicles, and provided valuable data for the eventual design of the Space Shuttle orbiter. This is the recovered third X-23A, currently on display at the Air Force Museum. 60 (1,036 mph) Total Flights: 28 Highest Flight: 71,400 feet The shape of the X-24A was essentially an enlarged X-23A. Unlike the X-23A, which was designed to explore high-speed flight, the X-24A was designed to explore the low-speed and landing stability of the design.

A special hangar was constructed at Kennedy to support the program, and was later used to house debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia accident. Although the program appeared to be pro­ gressing satisfactorily, revisions to the requirements led to significant cost growth and schedule slip. In March 2001 NASA cancelled the X-34 program before any of the aircraft had actually flown except under the L-1011. ) Total Flights (X-35A): 27 Total Flights (X-35B): 39 Total Flights (X-35C): 73 The first of the X-35 demonstrators.

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