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The X-15 Research Airplane

The X-15 Research Airplane

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Published by Bob Andrepont

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Apr 29, 2011
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THE
¥-15
R E S E A B C B
~
AIRPLANE
NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
THE
¥-tS
R E E
ABC
8
=---=-----=
AIRPLANE
NATIONAL
AERONAUTICS
AND
SPACE
ADMINISTRATION
 
·
.
NASA
test pilot
Joseph
A.
Walker
(right)
heads
for the
X-15,
which
is
hooked
under
the right wing of the big
8-52
mother
plane.
NASA
test pilot
Joseph
A.
Walker
(right)
heads
for the
X-15,
which
is
hooked
under the right wing
of
the big
8-52
mother
plane.
 
 
j
J
I
)
I
- -
THE
X
15
RESEARCH
AIRPLANE
IT
IS
1
MINUTE
to zero in
anX-15
countdown
that
be
gan
24
hours ago.
Tucked under
the right wing ofaB-52 aircraft, the X-I5
is
about 45,000feet above
Mud
Lake,Nev.
The
X-I5 pilot ismaking his final check
out:At
1
minute-
"Prime
switch to
PRIME."
At40
seconds-
"Precool switch to
PRECOOL."
"Igniter
idle
ON.
"
At
10
seconds-
"Pump
idle
ON.
"
At
5
seconds-
"Launch
light
ON.
"
The
B
-52
pilotmoves themaster
arming
switchto
ON.
The
X-I5
pilot
is
in
hisradio countdown:
"3 -2
-I-LAUNCH!"
--22.6
'
X-1S
RESEARCH
AIRPLANE
DESIGN
MAXIMUM
VELOCITY
4,000
MPH
DESIGN
ALTITUDE -
47
MILESSTRUCTURAL TEMPERATURE
TO
REACH1,
200
DEGREES
FAHRENHEITAIRCRAFT WEIGHT,
LB
LAUNCH
33,000
LANDING 14,700
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