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F-23 Ramjet Research Vehicle

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This is the F-23 research rocket used during 1950-1954 by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at its research facility at Wallops Island, Virginia, to test ramjet engines under actual flight conditions.

Each of the ramjet pods produced a thrust of 1,000 pounds (450 kg), using acetylene and rammed-in air. Supersonic speeds were obtained at altitudes up to 159,000 feet (48,460 m). The F-23 also made important contributions in testing various ramjet fuels. This object was donated in 1979 to the Smithsonian by NASA.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

N.A.C.A. Langley Aeronautics Laboratory

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)

Materials

Overall, aluminum; steel ramjet pod shrouds; steel flush screws

Dimensions

  • Overall: 18 ft. 3 in. tall x 7 1/2 in. diameter x 1 ft. 11 1/4 in. wing span, 246 lb. (556.26 x 19.05 x 59.06cm, 111.6kg)
  • Other (each ramjet pod): 4 ft. 2 in. long x 6 1/2 in. diameter (127 x 16.51cm)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PROPULSION-Miscellaneous

Inventory Number

A19790240000

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