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  • 12 of the Weirdest X-Plane Designs

    12 of the Weirdest X-Plane Designs

    X-planes are a class of experimental aircraft designed to test and demonstrate new innovations in flight—some were created for NASA, others for DARPA or the U.S. military. The first X-plane, X-1, was flown by Chuck Yeager in the 1940s and was the first craft to fly faster than the speed of sound. Over the decades,…


  • Can NASA Get Its Experimental Electric Plane Off the Ground?

    Can NASA Get Its Experimental Electric Plane Off the Ground?

    120 years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright piloted their gasoline-powered biplane for a record-breaking 12-second flight, the first successful, powered flight with a pilot aboard. Later this year, NASA will attempt a fresh feat in the world of aviation: the agency’s first crewed flight of an entirely electric plane.