Bell X-2 Starbuster
Bell X-2 Starbuster, c. 1955
MOAH Permanent Collection
Gift of Edwards Air Force Base (AFFTC-HO)
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The Bell X-2 Starbuster was a rocket-powered, swept-wing research aircraft designed to investigate the structural effects of aerodynamic heating as well as stability and control effectiveness at high speeds and altitudes. The program was developed jointly in 1945 by Bell Aircraft Corporation, the U.S. Air Force and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) to explore aerodynamic problems of supersonic flight and to expand the speed and altitude regimes obtained with the earlier X-1 series of research aircraft..