Military oddities

The Lockheed X-7. The Flying Stove Pipe.

by Daniel Russ on March 27, 2012

    In 1951 Lockheed built this ramjet test bed for the United States Air Force. The X-7, or Flying Stove Pipe was launched from the bottom of a B-50 or a B-29. The Rocket assist slung under the thin and long fuselage was ignited and that propelled the jet to about Mach 1.5, feeding […]

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The Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier. Although highly advanced , the United States was still looking to develop another test bed that would go even faster and solve problems with flight at higher speeds. The first problem that needed to be solved was the thermal barrier. Extreme heat resulted from the friction in transonic […]

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