Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager made a number of test flights in this exotic research plane. The X-3 was designed to explore high-speed aerodynamic phenomenon to speeds of Mach 2. Additionally, it was to prove the feasibility of using low-aspect-ratio, high-load wings, and titanium construction in aircraft. It was delivered to the NACA High-Speed Flight Station in August of 1954. Although it made some significant contributions to our knowledge about "inertial coupling", it had a tendency to diverge from the flight path at near supersonic speeds, and the X-3 never lived up to it's expectations as a Mach 2 aircraft.
Fully assembled, Wood Handcrafted Model Airplane with
Removable Desk Stand.
(Scale: 1/32, Length: 24", Wing Span: 8.5")
This aircraft model is hand autographed by General Chuck Yeager across the wing and includes a brass plaque stating the history of the plane and flight.