When North American Aviation (NAA) won the Apollo space capsule contract it was a climax to his spectacular career, ... to conceive such an aircraft increased following Sputnik and America's unique achievements with its early X-planes.
Author: Peter E. Davies
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The revolutionary X-15 remains the fastest manned aircraft ever to fly. Built in the two decades following World War II, it was the most successful of the high-speed X-planes. The only recently broken 'sound barrier' was smashed completely by the X-15, which could hit Mach 6.7 and soar to altitudes above 350,000ft, beyond the edge of space. Several pilots qualified as astronauts by flying above 50 miles altitude in the X-15, including Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. The three X-15s made 199 flights, testing new technologies and techniques which greatly eased America's entry into manned space travel, and made the Apollo missions and Space Shuttle viable propositions. With historical photographs and stunning digital artwork, this is the story of arguably the greatest of the X-Planes.
His group got good news as they prepared the first prototype, when North American selected Reaction Motors of New Jersey, the manufacturer of the X-1's highly successful XLR11 rocket engine, to develop the X-15's historic XLR99 The ...
Author: Michael H. Gorn
Publisher: Springer Nature
For the past 75 years, the U.S. government has invested significant time and money into advanced aerospace research, as evidenced by its many experimental X-plane aircraft and rockets. NASA's X-Planes asks a simple question: What have we gained from it all? To answer this question, the authors provide a comprehensive overview of the X-planes long history, from the 1946 X-1 to the modern X-60. The chapters describe not just the technological evolution of these models, but also the wider story of politics, federal budgets, and inter-agency rivalries surrounding them. The book is organized into two sections, with the first covering the operational X-planes that symbolized the Cold War struggle between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R, and the second section surveying post-Cold War aircraft and spacecraft. Featuring dozens of original illustrations of X-plane cross-sections, in-flight profiles, close-ups, and more, this book will educate general readers and specialists alike.
Exploring Experimental, Rocket Plane, and Spycraft Incidents, Accidents and Crash Sites Tony Moore ... At the same time, there was growing interest in an American supersonic transport (SST) with commercial applications.
Author: Tony Moore
Publisher: Specialty Press
Known as "The X-Hunters," authors Peter W. Merlin and Tony Moore have located more than 100 crash sites of exotic aircraft from Edwards air Force Base and Area 51. Together, they have recovered parts of supersonic rocket planes, stealthy spy craft, and vehicles that have reached the edge of space. Each story in the book profiles an unusual aircraft and the brave men who flew it. The authors examine the contributing causes of each crash and use then-and-now photographs to illustrate their findings. The stories end with The X-Hunters' search for the crash site and what they discovered. Each adventure combines C.S.I.-type skills with X-Files persistence, with a dash of Indiana Jones for adventure. Aircraft profiled include the YB-49 and a pair of N9M flying wings, X-1A, X-1D, VB-51, XB-70, SR-71, YF-12, U-2 prototype, and many more. The photos in this edition are black and white.
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Three chase planes escorted the mothership. Both North American x-15 pilots were in an f-100 as lead chase. Al White was in the front seat, with Scott Crossfield riding in the back — a rare moment for Scott to not be in total control.
Author: Michelle Evans
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
The story of the X-15, the pioneering research flight program in the fifties and sixties, and its pilots.