1960s NASA SST Model Booms onto the Scene

NASA recently made headlines announcing their partnership with Lockheed Martin to start working on a new aircraft that could make supersonic commercial flight a possibility.

It’s not a new quest.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, NASA received many complaints and lawsuits claiming damages on everything from cracked plaster and broken glass to pets dying and livestock going insane. Sonic booms are created when an aircraft exceeds the speed of sound. The boom is the result of pressure waves being created, which can be heard on the ground as far away as 40 kilometres.

The sonic boom can, in actuality, be strong enough to shatter glass. The disruptions caused by sonic booms lead the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to ban supersonic flight. The only commercial aircraft to use supersonic flight was the doomed French-British Concorde, but even then the capability was severely restricted.

nasa sst aircraft rear view

With the recent renewed interest in supersonic commercial flight, a look back was inevitable. That’s where the NASA Aerodynamics SST Model offered by Agent Gallery came into play. Agent Gallery had offered the model for sale. The Langley Aerodynamic model was in surprisingly good shape considering it was built to be put to the test and then sat in a storage bin for around five decades. It was a large piece, measuring 51 inches in length and 24 inches in width. The model has already sold, but looking back to where supersonic flight began may help us see where we’re heading.

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side view nasa aircraft