Military Periscope Logo

X-51 Reaches Mach 5; Flight Ends Early

June 17 2011


The second flight of the Air Force's X-51A Waverider hypersonic demonstrator from the Point Mugu Naval Air Test Range over the Pacific Ocean ended prematurely, reports the Air Force News Service.

The hypersonic aircraft was boosted to a speed of more than Mach 5. The scramjet engine lit successfully but failed to transition to full power, officials said.

It made a controlled crash on Monday, reported Flight International.

The demonstrator was released from a B-52H...

Please log in to continue reading.

Not yet a subscriber? Take a free trial.

Military Periscope gives you easy-to-use, integrated, open-source intelligence on…

  • More than 7,500 weapons systems and platforms
  • Nearly every country's armed forces
  • Militant organizations
laptop image

Try Military Periscope free for seven days

Military Periscope Logo

Your online source for military news, weapons, and nation's armed forces worldwide

Military Periscope FEDLINK information

Service ID: UC Contract Number: LCFDL19D0065

Military Periscope is a product of GovExec.

600 New Hampshire Ave., Suite 510,

Washington DC, 20037, USA.

(+1) 202-450-3967

©Military Periscope 2022

All rights reserved. Redistribution of the content is prohibited without prior consent of Military Periscope.