• Short Summary

    In the United States the first pictures were released today of America's fastest and highest flying jet missile - the X-7.

  • Description

    In the United States the first pictures were released today of America's fastest and highest flying jet missile - the X-7. Its tough, thin nose containing research instruments is attached to its bulky tail which houses the ramjet engine.

    Carried aloft by a B-29 it is launched into the upper atmosphere where a rocket boosts it to a super speed until a ramjet takes over.

    In a recent test flight, the missile's special heat resistant paint was scorched black by the searing friction of its air speed.

    The X - 7 was designed to test ramjet engines for the Air Force at its New Mexico research centre. A camera in the missile films during flight, and it is tracked by radar from the ground. But the X-7 is recoverable by special parachute. The limp 'schute fills up as the missile drops into denser air and finally lands on a nose spike which absorbs the shock. Each recovery saves about 350,000 dollars.

    One X - 7 has made ten flights... and is still making them

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    Film ID:
    VLVA97M15L70397XNOU1X8LJWT2F9
    Media URN:
    VLVA97M15L70397XNOU1X8LJWT2F9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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