Stuff You Can Buy
 
 
 
Other Stuff
 
 

Martin X-24

The X-24 was a joint NASA/U.S. Air Force project to investigate the use of lifting bodies for returning from space.  Lifting bodies are wingless aircraft that derive lift from their shape.

The X-24A's first flight was in 1970.  The typical flight profile was to be carried aloft and released from a B-52.  The rocket engine then boosted the X-24 to altitude and the pilot glided the craft back to a landing.

In 1972, the X-24A was rebuilt as the X-24B with twice the lifting surface and more stable flight characteristics.  The X-24 flight program ended in 1975.

 
 Specifications
 
Type: Experimental
Engines: one 8,000 lb (3628 kg) thrust Thiokol XLR11-RM-13 rocket engine
 
 Related Pages
 
More about the Glenn L. Martin Company
 

page updated 13 February 2008

 

 

Use of photographs | References  | Disclaimer | Privacy

 
   

Apple iTunes

free counters

   

Kenneth W Shanaberger 2000 - 2010