An experimental jet aircraft model designed by Boeing
The Douglas X-3 Stiletto was an experimental jet aircraft designed by Boeing. It was created to test if an aircraft can withstand the high temperatures induced by high altitudes and supersonic speeds. Its unique pointy shape and design is also evidence of Boeing’s delving into new construction techniques. The X-3 Stiletto was also the first aircraft to incorporate new materials, such as titanium, into its construction. It stood out due to its long, tapered nose and tiny wings, features not common to aircraft at the time. Unfortunately, the X-3 Stiletto never achieved its target speed due to problems in engine development; however, it contributed greatly to the future development of high-speed aircraft. It made its first test flight in 1952 at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and has now retired and found its home in the US Air Force Museum.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!