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Experimental (V132R)

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X-38 V-131R Crew Return Vehicle hanging from the wing of the Boeing NB-52B Stratofortress before the seventh drop test of the program on June 29, 2001. The X-38 explored the flight characteristics of the lifting body shape before deploying a giant parafoil for a soft lading. The design was based on the Martin-Marietta X-24A.

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