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    X-43A Flight 3 Summary November 16 2004 #3

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    It's Official. X-43A Raises the Bar to Mach 9.6
    Guinness World Records recognized NASA's X-43A scramjet with a new world speed record for a jet-powered aircraft - Mach 9.6, or nearly 7,000 mph. The X-43A set the new mark and broke its own world record on its third and final flight on Nov. 16, 2004.

    In March 2004, the X-43A set the previous record of Mach 6.8 (nearly 5,000 mph). The fastest air-breathing, manned vehicle, the U.S. Air Force SR-71, achieved slightly more than Mach 3.2. The X-43A more than doubled, then tripled, the top speed of the jet-powered SR-71.
    http://www.nasa.gov/missions/research/x43_schedule.html
    Courtesy: 'NASA'