WhiteKnightTwo

WhiteKnightTwo

Utilizing an open-architecture design and powered by four Pratt & Whitney turbofans, WhiteKnightTwo provides the high-altitude launch platform for SpaceShipTwo to achieve sub-orbital flight.

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

This record-breaking, single-place, aviation marvel features two external booms flanking a center pod where the pilot sits, on top of which is the aircraft's powerhouse, a Williams turbofan jet engine.

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne

SpaceShipOne, the first private manned spacecraft, is a three-place, high-altitude research rocket, designed for sub-orbital flights at an altitude of 100 km and powered by a unique hybrid rocket motor.

White Knight

White Knight

Initially developed to provide a launch platform at 50,000 ft for SpaceShipOne, White Knight is a three-place, high-altitude, flexible and capable research aircraft.

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Adam M-309

The Model 309 is a proof-of-concept aircraft built for Adam Aircraft Industries. Their goal was to provide a very safe twin-engine aircraft that gives good performance and benign single engine handling qualities. The centerline thrust configuration was chosen because it significantly reduces the hazards of single-engine flying qualities and performance, compared to twins in the conventional arrangement. The cabin was designed to carry a pilot and five passengers in pressurized comfort with an unpressurized baggage space in the nose.

The goal of this program was to develop the aircraft for aerodynamic refinement; however, there were several features that are more representative of the production airplane. For instance, there are several major structural components that were produced as single-cure parts. The outboard wings, horizontal tail, elevator, rudders and flaperons had no secondary bonds in their primary structure. This allows lighter, stronger and safer structure due to the significant elimination of fasteners and secondary bonds.

This project was one of the most rapid manned-aircraft development programs in Scaled’s history. Conceptual design started in May of 1999, the first tool was cut late in August, and the first flight was on March 21, 2000. The aircraft was unveiled to a small group of guests on April 5, 2000.

The M-309 can now be viewed on display at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.
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