No words A possible forerunner of future aircraft that would be capable of cruising at hypersonic speeds - over five times the speed of sound-made its first supersonic flight today.
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Air-to-air close-up of glide flight
Air-to-air of landing on lakebed
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Background: No words A possible forerunner of future aircraft that would be capable of cruising at hypersonic speeds - over five times the speed of sound-made its first supersonic flight today.
Piloted by John A. Manke, chief X-24B project pilot for NASA's Flight Research Center, the experimental craft reached a top speed of approximately 725 mph, or just slightly faster than the speed of sound for the first time today.
Manke and the X-24B were air-launched from a B-52 mother ship flying at 45,000 feet on the edge of California's Mojave Desert. Following launch, the civilian research pilot ignited the X-24B's rocket engine and began his climb to the faster speed.
The X-24B is a successor to the wingless lifting bodies that were flown in a joint NASA-USAF flight research program to demonstrate man's ability to maneuver and safely land a vehicle with a shape that was designed for reentry from space flight.
After shutdown of the rocket engine, Manke guided the four-ton craft to the dry lakebed here where he successfully made a 200 mph glide landing.