X-51A WaveRider speed duration record at around Mach 5 – May 26, 2010

The X-51A WaveRider maintained its speed for more than 3 minutes. The X-43A reached the speed of Mach 9.8 in 2004. However, that top speed lasted for only 10 seconds.

« The X-51 launched at about 10 a.m. from here, carried under the left wing of an Air Force Flight Test Center B-52 Stratofortress. Then, flying at 50,000 feet over the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, it was released. Four seconds later an Army Tactical Missile solid rocket booster accelerated the X-51 to about Mach 4.8 mach before it and a connecting interstage were jettisoned. The launch and separation were normal », Mr. Brink said. (www.af.mil courtesy)

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Argentine Air Force A-4AR Fightinghawk

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Developped from the A-4M Skyhawk, this ground attack fighter aircraft remains undoubtedly the Argentine Air Force flagship. Its roll-out dates back to 1998. The Fightinghawk is the Argentine government’s main asset in its crackdown on drugs for the A-4AR strike capability would be overpowering:

As far as the bombs are concerned, almost 10,000 lbs can be loaded. The elegant Fightinghawk streamlining features two sidewinders (AIM-9M); a jammer; a chaff and flare dispenser; two 20-mm guns; Sextant Avionique + Thales Avionics S.A. head-up display; a P&W J52 turbojet engine; and last but not least… a 1,700-nautical-mile range (i.e. 3220km)!

That is quite enough for a fighter aircraft deemed fairly light, isn’t it?

You can watch a video of this aircraft hereafter:

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird documentary


Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird par AllThingsScience

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Ultra High Bypass (UHB) engine

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