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Douglas X-3 'Stiletto'

Description
  Manufacturer:Douglas


  Base model:X-3
  Designation:X-3
  Nickname:Stiletto
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1948-Present
  Basic role:Research
  First Flew:1952/10/20
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Specifications
  Length: 66' 9" 20.3 m
  Height:12' 6" 3.8 m
  Wingspan: 22' 8" 6.9 m
  Wingarea: 166.5 sq ft 15.4 sq m
  Empty Weight: 14,345 lb 6,505 kg
  Gross Weight: 20,800 lb 9,433 kg
  Max Weight: 22,400 lb 10,158 kg

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Westinghouse XJ34-WE-17 (A/B 4,900lb/2,2
  Thrust (each): 3,370 lb 1,528 kg

Performance
  Max Speed: 706 mph 1,136 km/h 614 kt
  Climb: 19,000 ft/min 5,790 m/min
  Ceiling: 38,000 ft 11,582 m

Known serial numbers
49-2892, 49-2893

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

X-3 on display

United States Air Force Museum
    


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Jim Holian
 Leesburg, FL
Does anyone know if any plan sets are available for modeling purposes? Please e-mail at the above address.

Thanks, Jim
07/12/2008 @ 10:50 [ref: 21864]
 John Fleming
 Bakersfield, CA
My father, Frank Fleming, was one of the two aeronautical engineers that were named on the patent for the X-3. I have copies of the patent as well as flight test data and quite of a few photos while under construction. I also have a billet desk model of the plane. I would be glad to share this information with anyone interested. I plan to get copies to the Dryden Space Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California and to the Air Force Museum. Great plans, just haven't done it yet. Anyway, write if you are interested.
11/20/2007 @ 16:40 [ref: 18608]
 Dan henderson jr
 Panorama City -- 91402, CA
Lucas: Canopy was fixed and dark green. ....Dan
08/26/2002 @ 16:57 [ref: 5559]
 Earl Berlin, Jr.
 San Antonio, TX
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The X-3 on display there (the only one in existence) is in excellent condition. As I recall, from reading a book called "The Lonely Sky," the X-3 was entered via a mechanically lowered hatch, in the bottom of the fuselage, which also lowered the pilot's seat. A push of a buttom raised the seat up into the cockpit and made the hatch flush with the bottom of the fuselage. I've never seen pictures of the seat/hatch in the lowered position so I'm not able to help the gentleman who's building the X-3 model. But I suspect the Air Force Museum could be of help, as might the History Office at Edwards AFB.

Friends, Earl
01/14/2002 @ 17:52 [ref: 4089]
 MSgt (Ret) Earl Berlin, Jr.
 San Antonio, TX
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The X-3 on display there (the only one in existence) is in excellent condition. As I recall, from reading a book called "The Lonely Sky," the X-3 was entered via a mechanically lowered hatch, in the bottom of the fuselage, which also lowered the pilot's seat. A push of a buttom raised the seat up into the cockpit and made the hatch flush with the bottom of the fuselage. I've never seen pictures of the seat/hatch in the lowered position so I'm not able to help the gentleman who's building the X-3 model. But I suspect the Air Force Museum could be of help, as might the History Office at Edwards AFB.

Friends, Earl
01/14/2002 @ 17:51 [ref: 4088]
 MSgt (Ret) Earl Berlin, Jr.
 San Antonio, TX
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The X-3 on display there (the only one in existence) is in excellent condition. As I recall, from reading a book called "The Lonely Sky," the X-3 was entered via a mechanically lowered hatch, in the bottom of the fuselage, which also lowered the pilot's seat. A push of a buttom raised the seat up into the cockpit and made the hatch flush with the bottom of the fuselage. I've never seen pictures of the seat/hatch in the lowered position so I'm not able to help the gentleman who's building the X-3 model. But I suspect the Air Force Museum could be of help, as might the History Office at Edwards AFB.

Friends, Earl
01/14/2002 @ 17:49 [ref: 4087]
 Lukas Novotny
 Prague, UT
Dear Sirs,
Im modelmaker and I need some information about entry to the cockpit of Douglas X-3 Stiletto.I have model by czech made "Planet models" in 1/72 scale and I would like make this model with opened canopy.
If You have a some information or photos of this one, send me it, please.
Thank you very much
Your sincerely
Lukas Novotny
11/15/2000 @ 08:11 [ref: 1043]

 

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