Model, Rocket, X-7 Ramjet Vehicle

Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a plastic desktop model of the X-7 ramjet vehicle. Lockheed built these vehicles in the 1950s for the Air Force for engine and flight research. Carried aloft by a B-29 or B-50, the booster ignited after launch, was jettisoned, and the ramjet then took over. Assisted by parachutes, the X-7 eventually returned to Earth. The maximum speed reached by an X-7 was 2,000 mph.

Lockheed made the model and donated it to the Museum in 1958.