L/E of 850
S/N by the Artist & One Pilot
Image Size: 24.5" x 23.75"
Paper Size: 29" x 25.5"
Plane Type: Bell X-3 Stiletto
Perhaps the most visually stunning of the "X" planes, the Douglas X-3
Stiletto looked like Mach 2 just sitting on the ramp. Flown on three of its
six USAF test flights by veteran test pilot Lt. Col. Frank K. "Pete" Everest,
Jr., the X-3 was said to be the most difficult flying aircraft encountered by
the test pilots who flew it. The stubby-winged "Stiletto" required a 3 mile
takeoff run to get airborne, and this with full flaps!
Personally autographed by Brig. Gen. Frank K. "Pete" Everest, Jr.
LAKEBED LIFT OFF by MIKE MACHAT (X-3: Pete Everest: Test Planes: "Stiletto")@vbader.com