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The '''Douglas X-3 Stiletto''' was a 1950s United States experimental jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long tapered nose, manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Its primary mission was to investigate the design features of an aircraft suitable for sustained [[supersonic speed]]s, which included the first use of titanium in major airframe components. Douglas designed the X-3 with the goal of a maximum speed of approximately 2,000 m.p.h,<ref>[http://books.google.com/books?id=194DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA102&dq=1954+Popular+Mechanics+January&hl=en&sa=X&ei=At8LT83yFIWSgQf3wMGtBw&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=1954%20Popular%20Mechanics%20January&f=true "2000 m.p.h. Goal For Stiletto."] ''Popular Mechanics'', January 1954, p. 102.</ref> but it was, however, seriously underpowered for this purpose and could not even exceed Mach 1 in level flight.<ref name= "Winchester p. 88.">Winchester 2005, p. 88.</ref> Although the [[research aircraft]] was a disappointment, Lockheed designers used data from the X-3 tests for the [[Lockheed F-104 Starfighter]] which used a similar [[trapezoidal wing]] design in a successful Mach number 2 fighter.
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The '''Douglas X-3 Stiletto''' was a 1950s [[United States]] experimental jet aircraft with a slender fuselage and a long tapered nose, manufactured by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Its primary mission was to investigate the design features of an aircraft suitable for sustained [[supersonic speed]]s, which included the first use of titanium in major airframe components. Douglas designed the X-3 with the goal of a maximum speed of approximately 2,000 m.p.h,<ref>[http://books.google.com/books?id=194DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA102&dq=1954+Popular+Mechanics+January&hl=en&sa=X&ei=At8LT83yFIWSgQf3wMGtBw&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=1954%20Popular%20Mechanics%20January&f=true "2000 m.p.h. Goal For Stiletto."] ''Popular Mechanics'', January 1954, p. 102.</ref> but it was, however, seriously underpowered for this purpose and could not even exceed Mach 1 in level flight.<ref name= "Winchester p. 88.">Winchester 2005, p. 88.</ref> Although the [[research aircraft]] was a disappointment, Lockheed designers used data from the X-3 tests for the [[Lockheed F-104 Starfighter]] which used a similar [[trapezoidal wing]] design in a successful Mach number 2 fighter.
   
 
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