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Pentagon loses billion-dollar hypersonic aircraft over Pacific Ocean

Oops! Pentagon loses billion-dollar hypersonic aircraft over Pacific Ocean 11 Aug 2011 The Pentagon lost contact with the Falcon HTV-2 as it attempted to conduct a hypersonic test flight over the Pacific Ocean. After successfully launching from Vandenberg Air Force base in California, the HTV-2 separated from the Minotaur IV rocket at a sub-orbital altitude and began its return to Earth. All seemed well until the billion dollar aircraft went silent during the gliding stage of the flight, when it was slated to fly above the Pacific at 20 times the speed of sound (13,000 mph), or Mach 20, in a series of complex maneuvers. [Buh-bye, billion dollars! See? Deficits matter *not a whit* -- if it means a Pentagon contractor won't get its bl*w jojb.]