Suggested Further Reading
At the Edge of Space: The X-15 Flight Program
, by Milton O. Thompson, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.
Hypersonic: The Story of the North American X-15
, by Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. Landis, Specialty Press, 2003.
The X-Planes: X-1 to X-45
, by Jay Miller, Midland Counties Publishing, 2001.
Always Another Dawn: The Story of a Rocket Test Pilot
, by Scott Crossfield, The World Publishing Company, 1960 (reprinted by Arno Press in 1971 and again by Ayer Company Publishers in 1999).
Hypersonics Before the Shuttle: A Concise History of the X-15
, by Dennis R. Jenkins, SP-2000-4518, NASA, 2000.
Toward Mach 2: The Douglas D-558 Program
, edited by J. D. Hunley, SP-4222, NASA, 1999.
Flying Without Wings: NASA Lifting Bodies and the Birth of the Space Shuttle
, by Milton O. Thompson and Curtis Peebles, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999.
Front Cover Photo
A group picture of Douglas airplanes, taken for a photographic promotion in 1954 at what is now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The photo includes the X-3 (in front, Air Force serial number 49-2892) then clockwise D-558-I, XF4D-1 (a Navy jet fighter prototype not flown by the NACA), and the first D-558-II (NACA tail number 143, Navy bureau number 37973), which was flown only once by the NACA.
(NASA photo E-1239)
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Jenkins, Dennis R. American X-vehicles: an inventory, X-1 to X-50/by Dennis R. Jenkins, Tony Landis, and Jay Miller. p.cm.—(Monographs in aerospace history; no.) (NASA history series) (NASA SP-2003-4531) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Research aircraft—United States—History. I. Landis, Tony. II. Miller, Jay, 1948-III. Title. IV. Series. V. Series: NASA history series VI. NASA SP-4531. TL567.R47J45 2003 629.133’0973—dc21 2003051364 National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA Office of External Relations NASA History Office Washington, DC 20546