After Hours

Photos: A retrospective of NASA experimental planes

The Vigilante

These are just some of the experimental planes tested by the military from the early 40's to present day. Some of the model's were used as the precursor to todays spacecraft such as the Space Shuttle. Because these were experimental aircraft they also had the potential for danger. We should all feel proud that these exceptional pilots also possessed extraordinary bravery.

All of the images in this gallery came from the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

The vigilante was used to simulate supersonic transport and sonic boom research.

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center