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McDonnell Aircraft XF-85 Goblin
Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster
X-53A Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) Test Flight
X-36 Flight Test Highlights
X-45A Flight Test Block 2 Highlights
X-45A Block 1 Flight Test Highlights
Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak Flight Test Activities
North American X-15 B-roll
McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle B-roll
Douglas DC-8 Rollout & First Flight, May 30, 1958
X-45A First Flights of Vehicles 1 and 2
F-15 SMTD Test Footage
First Flight of the second Hughes XF-11
Boeing Phantom Eye First Flight B-roll
Boeing 707 Flight Test
Boeing X-32A Flight Test Highlights
North American XB-70 Valkyrie B-roll
Rockwell HiMAT Test Flight
Pre-Flight Preparations for F4D World Speed Record
X-48C Flight Test Highlights
Douglas X-3 Stiletto B-roll
The single experimental Douglas X-3, called the Stiletto because of its knife-like shape. The unusual X-3 had a long, tapered nose, which contained most of its 1,200 pounds of instrumentation, and tiny wings.
X-3 was built to test the effects of high temperatures induced by high speeds on an aircraft, to investigate the use of new materials such as titanium, and to explore new construction techniques.
The Stiletto’s two engines were side by side in the fuselage, and the pilot's downward ejector seat in the pressurized cockpit also operated as an electronically controlled lift.
Although the aircraft never reached the speeds it was designed for, it contributed greatly to the development of high-speed aircraft. Data obtained with the X-3 was distributed throughout the U.S. aviation industry.
In 1956, the X-3 found its resting place at the U.S. Air Force Museum.
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Edwards Air Force Base
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one of a kind aircraft
out of production