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Bell X-2 supersonic research aircraft
Code Number:
TARV02P07_04B
Title:
Bell X-2 supersonic research aircraft
This supersonic aircraft was designed to investigate the structural effects of supersonic aerodynamic heating as well as stability and control effectiveness at high speeds and altitudes. It was a rocket-powered, swept-wing research aircraft.

First flight: 18/11/1955 (first powered flight)
Retired: 27/11/1956
Primary users: United States Air Force
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)
Number built: 2

Crew: one pilot
Length: 11.5 meters (37 feet 10 inches)
Wingspan: 9.8 meters (32 feet 3 inches)
Height: 3.6 meters (11 feet 10 inches)
Wing area: 24.2 m (260 feet )
Airfoil: 2S-50 bicon
Empty weight: 5,600 kg (12,375 lb)
Loaded weight: 11,300 kg (24,910 lb)
Ma takeoff weight: 11,300 kg (24,910 lb)
Powerplant: 1 Curtiss-Wright XLR25 rocket engine, 67 kN (15,000 lbf) at sea level

maximum speed: Mach 3.196 (3,370 km/h, 2,094 mph) - supersonic
Service ceiling: 38,466 meters (126,200 feet)
Keywords:
Bell X-2 Starbuster, Rocket Powered, Swept-Wing, Research Aircraft, Experimental, Flying Machine, history, Archive, Pioneers of Aviation
Image by:
Wernher Krutein

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