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    August 15th, 2012 02:41 PM ET


    By Mike Mount
    A hypersonic aircraft launched by the Air Force Tuesday spiraled out of control and was destroyed before it could reach its goal of speeding to 4,600 mph, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.

    The third test of the X-51A Waverider was launched Tuesday off the California coast from a B-52 modified bomber aircraft and was to fly for 300 seconds, reaching hypersonic speeds of Mach 6, but only flew for 16 seconds, according to the Air Force.

    Officials said a problem with a tail fin caused the missile-like vehicle to fly out of control before the main engine could be ignited, leading researchers to destroy it early.


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    Strike 2
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    I had high hopes it would work.

    Bummer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
    I had high hopes it would work.

    Bummer.
    I did too. :-(
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    It will - one day. Unless, of course, the little o pulls the plug.
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    My grandpa always said that you learn from your mistakes and make the appropriate adjustments.


    He was the kind of auto engineer the other engineers went to when their idea failed in experiments, to figure out how to make it work. He called the other engineers "college boys".
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