June 25, 1964 = North American X-15A-2 (p: Maj Robert Rushworth).
|X-15A-2||56-6671||First Flight 2-32-55||June 25, 1964||Rushworth|
Today marks the 45th Anniversary of the flight of the X-15A-2 flown by Robert Rushworth. The X-15 is a wickedly beautiful, ultra fast piece of aircraft developed by the North American Aviation. Categorized as one of the Blackbirds (Sr-71, U-2), it was the fastest of all the manned experimental aircraft. Pretty much, it was a seat strapped to a giant rocket engine, and it made it to the incredible speed of 4,534 MPH and reached an altitude of 354,200 feet. One incredible machine, this is one of my favorites and inspired the look of many Star trek vessels throughout the course of the films and shows! Tony Landis, A buddy of mine who works out at Edwards AFB, got together with his friend Dennis Jenkins and wrote an incredible book called “Hypersonic, The Story of the North American X-15” and a followup book called “The X-15 Scrapbook” filled with the extra photos that they couldn’t fit in the first book. This is one awesome read full of facts and some incredible and rare images. Tony is also a big Star Trek fan and has a shuttle named after him in the bay of buddies about one of the Enterprises. Here are some pictures of the ship and some links to read more about her incredible history, also one to Amazon in regards to Tony & Dennis’s awesome book. These two also did a book on the Valkyrie, but I am saving that intro for the XB-70 day. Enjoy.