Check out the world's fastest manned rocket plane yet
By Atilolaa | self meida writer
Published 28 days ago - 0 views
Traveling in air is one of the fastest mode of travel in the world.With the advancement in technology, there are planes that take only minutes to reach their destination.
North American X-15 waverider is currently the fastest aircraft in the world. This aircraft has the current world record for the fastest manned aircraft. Its maximum speed was Mach 6.70 (about 7,200 km/h) which it attained on the 3rd of October 1967.
To be stable at these super high velocity, it had to feature a big wedge tail, however, the downside of this was at lower speeds the drag was extremely big from such a tail.
Therefore a B-52 Stratofortress had to carry it up to an altitude of about 14,000 meters before dropping it at which it ignited its own engines.
The X-15 was used at such extreme speeds so that it did not use traditional ways to steer (using drag over a fin) but instead it used rocket thrusters! This made it possible to reach altitudes higher than 100 kilometers. which was one of its world record.
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