Monday, October 24, 2011

Boost glider launches from Wallops, circa 1952

Here's another cool, long, worthwhile, historic video from NACA/Langley/Wallops: Rocket Model Flight Tests B-58 Program (the NASA Cultural Resources videos can't be embedded).  It's really interesting how the NACA engineers apparently bolted two rockets together and attached a B-58 model on top.  This is probably the oldest example of a boost glider that I've seen.  Here's the description attached to the video:

The test shows rocket model flight tests for the B-58 Program. The test is in conjunction with the Pilotless Aircraft Research Divison and features a 1/10-scale MX-1626 dummy. Test was conducted in 1952.