Tag: North American X-15

The Story of Mike Adams, the only Pilot to lose his life during the X-15 Flight-Test Program
The loads on the airplane built up beyond the structural limits, and the X-15-3 aircraft broke up at approximately 62,000 feet and about 3,800 feet-per-second speed... The X-15 is a famous and significant part of aviation history. Its purpose was to fly high and fast, testing the machine and subjecting pilots to conditions that future astronauts would face. It made...
A quick look at the F-107A Ultra Sabre, the Century Series fighter that never was
After seriously considering the production of the F-107A, the USAF instead chose to buy the F-105 Thunderchief The North American F-107A Ultra Sabre was a mid-1950s development of the successful F-100 Super Sabre. Special features of the F-107A included an engine air intake above the cockpit, an all-moving vertical fin, and a system (called a Variable Area Inlet Duct) that...
The story of the X-15's official world record for the highest speed ever set by a manned, powered aircraft
While Knight was performing some rudder pulses to get data with the yaw damper off after the burn out, at a speed of Mach 5.5, the Hot Peroxide warning light of his X-15 switched on... The X-15 is a famous and significant part of aviation history. Its purpose was to fly high and fast, testing the machine and subjecting pilots...
Jack McKay, the X-15 pilot for that flight, retired from NASA because of his injuries, while the aircraft returned to Edwards AFB as the X-15A-2 after extensive repairs Taken on Nov. 9, 1962, the interesting photo in this post shows the second X-15 (56-6671) flipped over on its back after an engine failure forced Jack McKay, a NASA research pilot,...
The X-15's official world record for the highest speed has remained unchallenged as of March 2017 Taken on Mar. 10, 1959 at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) the interesting photo in this article features the first of four captive-carry flights of the X-15 mated to its Boeing NB-52A Stratofortress “mother ship” (s/n 52-003A). North American Aviation test pilot A. Scott Crossfield was...