X-51A WaveRider First Flight Delayed due to Lack of B-52 Carrier




The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has delayed the first flight of the Boeing X-51A WaveRider to February. The delay has been blamed on the unavailability of the Boeing B-52 launch platform. The Mach 6, hypersonic vehicle completed a captive carry test under the B-52 wing in December. The X-51A was stored on the inboard pylon of the left wing. The AFRL also plans to conduct a full dress rehearsal, lacking only the planned 5min powered flight of the X-51A, in January. Four test flig...
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