Douglas X-3 Stiletto (1952)
About the Design
Douglas Aircraft built this sleek, needle-nosed research aircraft to determine the optimum airframe design for flying super-sonic at high altitudes. The craft, which launched and landed like a conventional airplane, first flew on October 20, 1952, went supersonic in June 1953, and was subsequently retired in 1956. Despite its radical shape, engine problems prohibited it from traveling at the ultra-high speeds originally envisioned by its designers.
About the Kit
The Revell X-3 "Stiletto" was released periodically following its 1956 debut, including a 1969 "Strategic Airpower" version, a 1982 "History Makers" issue and a 1994 "Special Subjects" release complete with original box art.
This model is a copy of the 1980s "History Makers" version.