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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.

Type: Experimental
Engines: one 8,000 lb (3628 kg) thrust Thiokol XLR11-RM-13 rocket engine
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