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Jul 11, 2015, 11:22 PM
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Quiet Star goes to a museum-- looking for a powered glider/warbird

After serving with NASA for nearly four decades, the agency’s YO-3A, an unusual airplane designed to fly silently, recently departed Armstrong Flight Research Center for its new home at the Vietnam Helicopters Museum (VHM) in Concord, California. One of only 11 aircraft of this type built by Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (LMSC) in 1969, the “Quiet Star” had a colorful history.

The YO-3A was easily recognizable by its narrow wings, distinctive bubble canopy, and wide-bladed wooden propeller. The pilot sat in back while the observer occupied the front seat.

Before serving as a civilian research aircraft the YO-3A, seen here in its original livery, provided the Army with covert, nighttime battlefield surveillance capabilities in Southeast Asia.
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Jul 12, 2015, 05:02 PM
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There used to be one of these in the museum adjacent to the "Flying Lady" restaurant near Morgan Hill, CA.. Very interesting plane.

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