It didn’t make it.

Just like the U.S. Air Force’s  X-51 WaveRider hypersonic aircraft, which broke up in less than a minute after launch, my ratatouille also did not survive the day.  Luckily for me, mine was a happy ending with everyone enjoying both my pot-luck dish and the lunch time party in honor of Julia Child’s birthday.

The X-51 had a failure in one of the aircraft’s control fins that caused it to breakup over the Pacific Ocean.


The plan was for the X-51 to have flown for a five-minute flight at a speed of up to 3,600 mph (5,800 kilometers per hour), or six times the speed of sound.  Now its back to the drawing board.

Featured image credit Boeing / USAF

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– Ex astris, scientia –

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