NASA Is Building Its Supersonic X-Plane Out of Old Warbirds
The X-59 aims to pioneer quieter supersonic flight, and NASA is raiding military boneyards for parts.
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March 17, 2020 - by KYLE MIZOKAMI for popularmechanics.com
- The X-59 aims to pioneer quieter supersonic flight, and NASA is raiding military boneyards for parts.
America's newest x-plane, a jet designed to fly quietly at supersonic speeds, will feature some familiar parts once it takes to the skies. The X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), under construction by NASA, will feature a number of recycled parts from retired U.S. Air Force planes, including the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
QueSST is part of an effort to develop commercial airliners capable of flying supersonic speeds without causing headaches for people living on the ground.
The effort, called the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator Project (LBFD), is being run by NASA to create a plane capable of supersonic flight without ...
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