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Here's some color X-3 photos from Life magazine. -SP
 

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Some more photos from the same source ;)

Note the X-5 at the background at photo №5 B)
 

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flying-finn said:
Some more photos from the same source ;)

Note the X-5 at the background at photo №5 B)
Can you send high res ones to me personnally? -SP
 
And a few photos of the record breaker X-2 from the same source.
 

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Part two
 

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Maybe this link will be usefull for somebody:

[Removed link to copyrighted book - Read forum rules!!!! - Admin]
 
In this 1950s Lockheed files, several experimental jets from competing companies were described:
  • Bell X-1
  • Bell X-1A
  • Bell X-2
  • Douglas X-3 Stiletto
  • Northrop X-4 Bantam
  • Bell X-5
  • Convair X-6
  • North American X-15
  • Douglas D-558-I Skystreak
  • Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket
  • Boulton Paul P.111
  • Fairey FD.2
  • Short SB.5
  • SAAB 210 Draken
http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOCKHEED-EXPERIMENTAL-DESCRIPTIVE-DATA-/290775838690?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43b3972fe2

I have attempted to enhance the pictures somewhat.
 

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More pics:
 

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Douglas X-3 ejection seat, from National Geographic Stock.
 

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Hi
 

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:)
 

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:) :)
 

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I wrote a comprehensive article on the X-3 for the Sept. 83 issue of Airpower magazine. Maybe one of you still has it. -SP
 
:) :)
 

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Bell X-2 and Douglas X-3 Stiletto (photos private collection)
 

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Some scans of wrinkled prints in the US National archives, Douglas D558-2.
I know it does not have an X designation, hopefully it's use as a tester will
keep me from getting my fingers slapped. :)
 

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Here are some nice Northrop images of the X-4 from 1948

fancy cover, miss the days when I'm worked in aircrafts maintenance

View: https://www.flickr.com/photos/88160313@N03/51778897661/

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Photos taken several years ago at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The X-planes were in a hanger on the Air Base, and you had to schedule a 1 hour slot to be taken on base to see them. They were all jammed together in a hanger, but you could walk among them. We were asked to look but don't touch, so the closes I got to the X-15 was about 4 centimeters....

They are now in a new hanger in the Main Museum, but behind barriers.
 

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Hi!

 

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