Flight Research Laboratory (now known as AFRL) was an hypersonic high-lift-to-drag ratio
lifting body which was developed in the 1960's and early 70's at the same time as the better
known Lockheed FDL-5 and MDD FDL-7 hypersonic aircrafts. A lot less was known about the
FDL-6 which remained hidden in obscurity for decades, but now you can see it !
EXCLUSIVELY from STRATOSPHERE MODELS, which used the USAF CAD blueprints
to recreate this precision model kit, the FDL-6 made a brief and
rare (unamed)appearance in the Bill Sweetman book "Aurora" , which
featured a photograph showing many of the FDL shape wing tunnel models from
the US Air Force Flight Research Laboratory, along with other models
such as the Wadd II configuration, Asset, Prime, etc.
I identified two of those models as being FDL-6 models, one a finned version, and the
other a finless version.
The 1/48th scale model of the FDL-6 SOMV is right now available at the NEW LOW PRICE of
ONLY 45.00$US !!
Model lenght is about 21 cm.
another view, showing the pre-master next to the several of the precise drawings and
blueprints from the source i found which i used to design the model kit.
Just a little note: i spent a good 8 years doing research on a variety of hypersonic vehicules, in particular the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory lifting body low-lift-to-drag-ratio reentry vehicles, of which the FDL-6 is part, as well as the FDL-5, FDL-7, etc, on which i will post much more details here later (because i found a lot more about the FDL-5, on which my research centered a lot more), as well as other upcoming aircraft and spacecraft of which i am doing upcoming kits. All of those were mostly in the black up to very recently (and i still have not seen any other data on the FDL-6 apart from the drawings i found (shown on one of the pictures above) and that one black and white photo of the family group picture of the desk models of all those hypersonic shapes taken at i presume the Wright Patterson AFFDL lab (the source was David Selegan, and ex-boss at the Wright Patterson lab) and shown in the Bill Sweetman book on Aurora, so that makes that bird and the data about it very rare.
This post has been edited by Stratospheremodels: 22 March 2009 - 03:33 AM