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Space History Photo: X-1-3 Being Mated To EB-50A Superfortress

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Known as Queenie, the X series aircraft is shown mated to the EB-50A. (Image credit: NACA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, the third X-1 (46-064), known as "Queenie," is mated to the EB-50A (46- 006) at Edwards AFB, California. Following a captive flight on November 9, 1951, both aircraft were destroyed by fire during de-fueling.

The National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) was a precursor to NASA. NACA was created by Congress in 1915.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the U.S. government agency in charge of the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.