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    Only The Space Shuttle ‘flew’ Faster Than This Rocket Plane Designed With A Slide Rule

    Today’s retrospective is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) film “Research Project X-15.” Shot during the mid-1960s at various NASA locations and Edward Air Force Base (AFB) in California, the film highlights the development of not only the X-15, but several of the other previous X planes as well. Interviews with designers, builders, and […] More

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    The Sad Saga of The Beechcraft Starship

    Captains Kirk and Picard had starships to explore the universe. Earthly mortals could have had futuristic Starships to crisscross the world, but circumstances, both in development and marketing, limited the success of what was otherwise a stunning aircraft. In the early 1980s, Beechcraft began looking for a successor to its popular King Air. The objective […] More

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    The X-15 Was Out Of This World

    Prior to 1952 the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) had sponsored a progressive series of experimental aircraft—the X-planes—that had achieved speeds approaching the speed of sound (Mach 1) to Mach 3.2. The next step would be an aircraft capable of flight beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and speeds in excess of Mach 5—hypersonic flight. In […] More