Bell X-9 Shrike

The Bell X-9 was a prototype powered with liquid fuel surface to air missile. She served as a testbed for the nuclear rocket GAM -63 Rascal.

28 X -9 missiles were produced and shot between April 1949 and January 1953. The program was used to collect aerodynamic and structural information and to test new control and drive systems. None of the rockets fired withstood the test flights. The only fragment that has survived the tests Museum in Mentone, Indiana, is now on display at Larry Bell.

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