Is the top secret plane programme set to rise again?
Shortly after World War II, it became apparent that propellers were yesterday’s technology and that the future lay in the jet engine and the rocket. They opened up a world of speed that was unimaginable just a decade before but they also opened up a Pandora’s Box of new problems and perils. The ‘X’ craft programme was developed to solve these problems.
Each ‘X’ craft was a test bed for new technologies, which have led to safer air travel; faster and more manoeuvrable combat aircraft; and helped put man on the Moon.