In a corner of its Skunk Works facility in California’s high desert, Lockheed Martin is gearing up to start assembly of the X-59A, a unique research aircraft for NASA designed to shape sonic booms as well as, potentially, the destiny of the reborn commercial supersonic aircraft industry.  Configured with a sharply swept delta wing spanning 29.5 ft. and measuring 93.8 ft. in length, the slender X-59A is highly unusual, even by Skunk Works’ standards. Designed to reduce its ...

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