Bell BoMi MX-2276 (1954)
3-Stage Sub-Orbital Skip-Glide Bomber System Concept
Production Run: 2010-2013
About the Design
In the years following WWII, Bell Aviation hired former German rocket engineers Walter Dornberger and Kraft Ehrike to work on long-range spacecraft concepts for both military and civilian purposes. One of these was the BoMi (Bomber Missile), a "boost-glide" concept not unlike the "Silverbird" posited 15 years earlier by Eugene Sanger. The first stab at the BoMi concept was dubbed the MX-2276. It was a three-stage system composed of a horizontally launched piloted first stage, a disposable second stage, and a piloted third stage designed to "skip" over the upper atmosphere before dropping its payload on an enemy target and then returning to Earth.
The precursor to the X-20 Dyna-Soar, the MX-2276 concept was ultimately scrapped as too complex and replaced by a winged orbiter designed to be launched aboard a conventional booster.
About the Model