|Notes: Manned, low speed lifting body dropped from B-52 that will ascend under rocket power to approximately 60.000 feet, mach 1.5, and then glide to landing. Commercial designation SV-5J.|
|  Base model:||X-24|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Air Force|
|  Designation Period:||1948-Present|
|  Basic role:||Research|
|  First Flew:||1973/08/01|
Examples of this type may be found at
X-24B on display
United States Air Force Museum
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Recent comments by our visitors
| Andre M. Sparrow|
| The X-24B demonstrated that accurate unpowered reentry vehicle landings were operationally feasible. Top speed achieved by the X-24B was 1,164 mph (1873 km/h) and the highest altitude it reached was 74,130 feet (22.59 km). The vehicle is on display at the Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The pilot on the last powered flight of the X-24B was Bill Dana, who also flew the last X-15 flight about seven years earlier.
Among the final flights with the X-24B were two precise landings on the main concrete runway at Edwards which showed that accurate unpowered reentry vehicle landings were operationally feasible. These missions were flown by Manke and Air Force Maj. Mike Love, and represented the final milestone in a program that helped write the flight plan for today's Space Shuttle program.
The X-24B was the last aircraft to fly in Dryden's Lifting Body program. The X-24B was flown 36 times.
The X-24B is on public display at the Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
John A. Manke - 16 flights
Michael V. Love - 12 flights
William H. Dana - 2 flights
Einar K. Enevoldson - 2 flights
Thomas C. McMurtry - 2 flights
Francis Scobee - 2 flights
09/28/2005 @ 16:57 [ref: 11359]
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