Kit #AA2053. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In the early 1950's, a several high-speed flight research programs were being conducted by different agencies, including the NACA's hypersonic research, the Air Force's Project 1226 and the Navy's D-558 program. In 1954, the Langley team of NACA gathered those similar researches from military services and aerospace industries and combined with the Air Force and Navy to launch the new "Project 1226" competition. Because the Navy wanted to remain in the "space race" and Douglas wanted to be positioned for future manned spaceplanes, the D-558-3 Skyflash (Model 684) design was sponsored by Navy to enter the competition. The D-558-3, selected by NACA, was planned to be installed with a rocket engine, and was air-launched from the Boeing B-50. In 1955, while the Navy decided to save the development cost and NACA and the Air Force decided upon North American's proposal as the winner of the competition, which became the X-15 program. Limited quantities available from remaining Anigrand stock! ORDER NOW before it TAKES OFF into the wild blue yonder!