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    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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    40 seconds of ground footage showing pilot entry, B-52 taxi, etc.



    Air-to-air of launch from chase aircraft



    Air-to-air close-up of rocket engine ignition



    Air-to-air of rocket-powered climb-out



    Air-to-air close-up of glide flight



    Air-to-air of landing on lakebed



    Ralph Jackson (805) 258-3311




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    LN: PLS NOTE THIS IS LIBRARY FILM..USE PEGGED TO FIRST SUPERSONIC FLIGHT...WHICH INDEED OCCURED TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH OVER EDWARDS AFB, CALIFORNIA. USEFUL LIB MATERIAL...ANYWAY SCRIPT ENCLOSED
    PLS NOTE: THIS SAME MATERIAL AS WEST COASTED UNDER PROD 0883.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7J4PM1N34X3VPJIJ4KCU18KWL
    Media URN:
    VLVA7J4PM1N34X3VPJIJ4KCU18KWL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
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    N/A

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