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Convair X-11

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The Convair X-11 Being Launched

The Convair X-11 (originally designated XSM-16A) was the first testbed for what became the Atlas missile program. Later the Convair X-12 became a second, more advanced testbed.

Service history

A total of 12 X-11's were built and tested. The first three were involved in static tests only. X-11 Number 4 and 6, were destroyed in launch accidents. All others performed successful test flights. The test series began on June 11, 1957 and ended on June 3, 1958.

Specifications (X-11)

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General characteristics

  • Crew: Unmanned
  • Length: 96 ft (29.3 m)
  • Wingspan: 12 ft (3.66 m)
  • Height: ()
  • Empty weight: 12,500 lb (5,670 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 80,000 lb (36,300 kg)
  • Powerplant:rocket engine


See also

Designation sequence
X-8 - X-9 - X-10 - X-11 - X-12 - X-13 - X-14 Related lists

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