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X-59 First Flight




Aeronautics–Artist illustration of the X-59 in flight over land against bright blue skies.

The first flight of the Quesst quiet supersonic aircraft will take place out of Lockheed flight facilities in Palmdale, California. The Quesst mission has two goals: to design and build NASA's X-59 research aircraft with technology that reduces the loudness of a sonic boom to a gentle thump to people on the ground; and fly the X-59 over select U.S. communities to gather data on human responses to the sound generated during supersonic flight and deliver that data set to U.S. and international regulators.