Six Times The Speed of Sound – New Hypersonic Record
2010 June 7
Arcing through the hazy air above California, this is the incredible sight of a scramjet as it flies at six times the speed of sound.
The experimental aircraft set a record for hypersonic flight, blazing through the air for more than three minutes or more than 4,500 mph.
The U.S Air Force said the previous record for a hypersonic scramjet burn was 12 seconds.
‘We are ecstatic to have accomplished many of the X-51A test points during its first hypersonic mission,’ said Charlie Brink, an X-51A program manager with the Air Force Research Laboratory.