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A specification diagram showing the measurements of the vehicle, configuration C612 and Control surfaces.

X-59 Research Aircraft

This “four-view” of the X-59 research aircraft provides specifications of the piloted vehicle that is being built by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. The X-59 is an experimental aircraft only; it is not a prototype design for a commercial airliner and will never carry passengers. Its unique shape and set of technologies reduce the loudness of a sonic boom reaching the ground to that of a gentle thump. It will be flown above select U.S. communities to collect data from residents responding to the X-59’s sonic thump.