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2012-08-15 20:42:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Air Force's new aircraft of the future crashed during a hypersonic test flight, hitting a speed bump in the future of creating quick flights from New York to London. The X-51A WaveRider was designed to reach Mach 6, or 3,600 mph, after being dropped from a B-52 bomber. The aircraft underwent a test on Tuesday, and was brought out off the Southern California coast to experience a few minutes of flying at hypersonic speeds....

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2010-05-27 12:35:00

An experimental US Air Force aircraft set a record for hypersonic flight Thursday by flying over 3 minutes at Mach 6, which is six times the speed of sound. The Air Force reported on its website that the X-51A Waverider was released from a B-52 Stratofortress off the southern California coast Wednesday morning.  Its scramjet engine accelerated the vehicle to Mach 6, and it flew autonomously for 200 seconds before losing acceleration.  At that point the test was then terminated....

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2009-09-16 11:03:46

Fifty years ago in 1959, test pilot Scott Crossfield threw the switch to ignite the twin XLR-11 engines of his North American Aviation X-15 rocket plane and begin the storied test program's first powered flight. It was a real kick in the pants. "The drop from the B-52 carrier aircraft was pretty abrupt, and then when you lit that rocket a second or two later you definitely felt it," said Joe Engle, another X-15 test pilot and member of the same exclusive fraternity of flyboys that included...

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2008-11-11 08:00:00

Residents living in Greenland say the 1968 crash of a B-52 aircraft, armed with nuclear warheads, has left a lasting legacy. Many claim long-term damage to the environment and to the health of individuals.  Historians say following a fire aboard the aircraft, the high explosives surrounding the nuclear weapons exploded without setting off the actual nuclear devices. Three of the four bombs being carried by the plane smashed on to the ice and broke into tiny fragments. Declassified...

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2004-12-15 17:30:00

NASA -- With a penchant for chasing tomorrow, NASA's B-52B "008" always carried the future of flight under its wing. First taking to the air in June of 1955, the venerable aircraft began its illustrious, nearly 50-year U.S. Air Force and NASA career as a bomb navigation system test airplane for the Air Force's B-52 fleet. Ironically, the bomb/nav system test bomber spent its career dropping flight research vehicles rather than bombs.In 1959 it became one of two mothership launch aircraft for...


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