X-15-1

X-15-1

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North American Aviation X-15-1 • "Down" landing gear position fixed 13 July 2011 • B-52 attachment points added 16 August 2009 • Horizontal stablizers fixed 09 July 2009 • (TAKE NOTE: LARGE FILE 9Mb - Extensive detail) • Full-scale model • No texture images used • In 1955, North American Aviation won the contract for a hypersonic (>5x the speed of sound) aircraft capable of Mach 7 and a ceiling of 50 miles. The 3 North American X-15 research aircraft, the most successful research aircraft in history, have flown faster and higher than any other manned aircraft. The X-15 had a 600,000-horsepower engine and could fly twice as fast as a rifle bullet. After 199 flights, on October 24, 1968, the NASA X-15 program was terminated. The information obtained from the X-15 contributed greatly to the development of the space shuttle and high-speed fixed-wing aircraft. The X-15-1 is currently on display in the main gallery of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The remains of the crashed X-15-3 were buried at an undisclosed location on the Edwards Air Force Base reservation. #aircraft #airplane #NASA #North_American_Aviation #research #rocket #rocket_plane #space #USAF #x15 #xplane
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