The Spirit of Santa Monica
Between 1920 and 1975, Donald Douglas’ company—and a southern California city—helped shape aviation history.
- By The Editors
- Air & Space magazine, April 2012
Courtesy Bill Wasserzieher
The purpose of the Douglas X-3 Stiletto was to advance supersonic flight, but the aircraft was underpowered with its Westinghouse J-34 engine. Learn more about the X-3 and other X-planes, and watch video of its test flight here.