Aviation History Writer
- Jan 6, 2013
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The MX-324 was the rocket-powered prototype of the proposed Northrop XP-79 Rocket Wing. Here's a photo of an MX-334 in the NACA wind tunnel at Langley, VA. -SP
XB-70 Guy said:The MX-324 was the rocket-powered prototype of the proposed Northrop XP-79 Rocket Wing. Here's a photo of the MX-334 in the NACA wind tunnel at Langley, VA prior to its first flight on 5 July 1944.
Nico said:Dear all:,
I've probably already posted this question, but my memory is not what it wasonce ....
In this wellknown photo of the Northrop MX-324/334 in the background on the right we can see the Bell XP-77 but the plane on the left left?
Nico said:In fact I had the same idea but I was not at all sure...
General Hap Arnold ordered the preservation of four of every type of aircraft used by the enemy forces. One of each was to be for the USAAF, USN, RAF and Museum purposes. By the end of 1945 the TAIU’s had completed their search of the Japanese Mainland and other territories and gathered together the examples at Yokohama Naval Base. Approximately 115 aircraft were shipped to America by the end of December 1945. The aircraft were divided between the Navy and Army Air Force, with 73 going to Army bases and 42 to naval bases. All remaining war service equipment was ordered to be destroyed or scrapped, a task which, as far as aircraft were concerned, took until well into 1947. The Air Force brought their aircraft to Wright Field, and when the field could no longer handle additional aircraft, many were sent to Freeman Field, Seymour, Indiana. Funds, storage space and interest soon dried up and only six aircraft were restored and flown and evaluated by the Army and two by the Navy.
The prototype went to Wright Field, then back to Eglin, then to Wright again. It was seen at post-war displays wearing spurious markings and its final disposition is unknown.