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Caption: X-3 Stiletto experimental aircraft. 1950s footage of the Douglas X-3 Stiletto taking off, in flight and landing. This experimental jet aircraft was built in 1952 for the US Air Force. It featured a narrow fuselage, tiny wings and a long tapered nose making it the sleekest aircraft of its time. The X-3 performed poorly in test flights and never attained its target speed of Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound). Despite this, several features were taken forward to use in future high speed planes.

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X-3 Stiletto plane test flight, 1950s

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Duration: 00:00:36.11

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