X-51A Flight Test Plunges into Pacific



Peter Smith
08/16/2012

The X-51A Waverider, an experimental aircraft seeking hypersonic flight, crashed into the Pacific Ocean after just seconds of flight due to an apparent control fin failure according to an Air Force statement on Tuesday. ""It is unfortunate that a problem with this subsystem caused a termination before we could light the Scramjet engine," Charlie Brink, program manager, said in a statement. "All our data showed we had created the right conditions for engine ignition and we were very hopefu...
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