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Weird Wings - Lifting Bodies - Martin X-24A Marietta

By 1970, Martin had moved to the Marietta X-24 lifting body design. By then the Martin lifting bodies' purpose was simply to further lifting body research.

The Marietta was initially developed as a single X-24A, with triangular planform having flat undersurface and curved upper surfaces terminating in triple fin/rudder units, the outermost formed by what was effectively upturns of the 'wingtips'. It first flew in March 1970 after launch from a B-52.

NASA X-24A Images


The two images and movies below are from the
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
at Edwards, California

Open the X-24 gallery on NASA website
 
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NASA X-24A Movies

(Quicktime required - download)

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center website:
X-24A descent and landing at Edwards Air Force Base
X-24A landing on Rogers Dry Lake
X-24A high altitude ascent during test flight
X-24A escorted landing on Rogers Dry Lake

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