Kit #AA2077. 1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed resin kit
of the Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar manned space plane, complete with decals.
In 1945, millions of German military documents were
confiscated by USA Army Intelligence, including information on rocket scientist
Eugen Sänger’s Silbervogel aerospace bomber. Research in the late 40s and early
50s lead to an industry specification for a space-flying reconnaissance and
bombardment craft. Boeing won the competition, and was contracted to design and
build the X-20 Dyna-Soar (Dynamic Soaring) which was, in essence, a militarized
The program was structured in 3-steps: a manned glider, a
manned orbital test vehicle and a weapon system research – before evolving into
a vehicle capable of exploring man's military functions in space, boosted into
orbit by a Titan IIIC. Although the mock-up was inspected and accepted, the
whole X-20 program was cancelled by Secretary of Defense in 1963. Considering
problems encountered by the Space Shuttle 20 years later, the Dyna-Soar was a
full generation ahead of its time.