NASA History Past 70 Years of Experimental Flight Test

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NASA has used various aircraft to test an assortment of space exploration related vehicles going back some 70 years to just after the close of World War two.

This publicity film made by NASA shows a very interesting selection of their fantastic flight test aircraft, starting with the X-1 in 1947 to explore the outer range of super sonic flight, all the way up to the current day X-43 which can travel at speeds up to March 7.

Other amazing NASA aircraft that appear in this history video include the SR-71, F-5, F-15, F-18, X-15, various gliders and green aircraft, the Space Shuttle, the lunar landing research vehicle, and lifting bodies of the 1960s.