rocket plane


Definition of rocket plane

: an airplane propelled by rockets

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That vision included a reusable rocket plane, a space station, a moon base, and eventually settlements on Mars. Taylor Dinerman, National Review, "Why Apollo 11 Matters," 20 July 2019 There was no hotter rocket plane chariot than the X-15 in the early 1960s, and Armstrong had one of the seats. Jamie Turner,, "How Neil Armstrong earned the moon landing’s lead role: Apollo 11 at 50," 16 July 2019 Armstrong was the consummate test pilot who flew the fabled X-15 rocket plane to the edge of space and cooly overcame in-flight emergencies. William Harwood, CBS News, "The 3 "amiable strangers" who flew into history on Apollo 11," 15 July 2019 Just as the war was ending, Bell Aircraft won a contract to build a rocket plane with no other purpose than to exceed the speed of sound. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘Chasing the Demon’ Review: Boom Times for Jet Pilots," 27 July 2018 First Man begins with a great scene of an X-15 rocket plane rocking and rolling underneath its carrier aircraft before blasting into the upper atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Why SpaceX stays in LA, Russia moves on, buy a missile silo," 19 Oct. 2018 These were needed to show the dramatic speed of the X-15, but the rocket plane would not have flown on such a cloudy day). Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "First Man is a first-rate movie about America’s most revered astronaut," 12 Oct. 2018 Like most 1940s aircraft, North American Aviation’s jet fighter and Bell’s rocket plane, in their first designs, had wings that stuck straight out. Daniel Ford, WSJ, "‘Chasing the Demon’ Review: Boom Times for Jet Pilots," 27 July 2018 In the early 1960s, pilots—including future Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong—began shooting for the edge of space in X-15 rocket planes dropped from B-52 bombers. Michael Belfiore, Popular Mechanics, "Say Hello to Stratolaunch, the World's Largest Plane," 17 Apr. 2012

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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