Monday, December 06, 2010

A hydrogen-fueled, scramjet-powered X-15D

This is a photo of Scott Lowther's master for a forthcoming Fantastic Plastic “X-15D”. This looks pretty cool and is new to me, looking different than the X-15 SERJ (supercharged ejector ram-jet).
Prior to the X-15 program's abrupt cancellation in 1968, the Air Force was drafting ambitious plans for the aircraft, including a "next generation" X-15-D that would test the limits of hypersonic flight (Mach 5+) using an exotic new hydrogen-fueled scramjet engine.

You can see other alternative X-15 configurations here, and my Hostile Projectiles model here.