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X-43A after launch from B-52

X-43A Hypersonic Scramjet Compiled Video, Flights 2 and 3 Mar. 27 and Nov. 16, 2004

Movie Number   EM-0015-15
Movie Date   November 16, 2004
Formats   160x120 QuickTime Movie (4.2 MB)
320x240 QuickTime Movie (7.8 MB)
Closed Captioned Movie (7.8 MB)
480x320 QuickTime Movie (11.4 MB)
640x480 QuickTime Movie (18.7 MB)
X-43A Still photos of this aircraft are available in several resolutions at

This 1 minute and 41 second movie shows the X-43A demonstrated supersonic-combustion ramjet (scramjet) propulsion during two record-setting flights in 2004.

Both flights, the first on Mar. 27 and the second on Nov. 16, 2004, demonstrated sustained thrust from the X-43A's air-breathing scramjet engine, the first at nearly 5,000 mph, the second at nearly 7,000 mph, or almost 10 times the speed of sound.

Keywords   X-43A, third flight, B-52 mothership, Hyper-X, captive carry flight, Vehicle #3, hypersonic research vehicle, Pegasus booster rocket
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