The X-24A was designed to test the concept of lifting-bodies (aircraft that derived lift from the shape of their fuselages rather than wings) as part of a study into reusable space craft. It flew between 1969 and 1972.

The X-24A was designed and constructed to take part in the United States Air Force experimental program to test lifting bodies.

It was the fourth lifting body design to be tested by the United States Air Force, following on from earlier Northrop aircraft.

The X-24A made its first unpowered flight on 17 April 1969 and its first powered flight on 19 March 1970.

It made 28 flights, always carried aloft by a modified B-52.

At the completion of the test program it was converted into the more stable X-24B.

Two jet powered X-24As were built but not flown.

One ended up in Hollywood where it appeared in a number of science fiction films.

This model represents the only X-24A in 1969.

Mach 2 1:72 kit completed by Leigh Edmonds in November 2011.


MODEL: Martin Marietta X-24A

ROLE: experimental lifting-body

TIME PERIOD: 1969-1972

ENGINES: one Reaction Motors XLR-11rs four chamber rocket engine of 37.7kN thrust

WING SPAN: 3.51m

LENGTH: 7.47m


MAXIMUM SPEED: 1,667km/h

RANGE: 72km


SCALE: 1/72


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