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North American X-15

Peter E. Davies

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Osprey Publishing
18 May 2017
History; The Cold War; Military aircraft; Aerospace & aviation technology
The revolutionary X-15 remains the fastest manned aircraft ever to fly. Built in the two decades following World War II, it was the most successful of the high-speed X-planes. The only recently broken 'sound barrier' was smashed completely by the X-15, which could hit Mach 6.7 and soar to altitudes above 350,000ft, beyond the edge of space. Several pilots qualified as astronauts by flying above 50 miles altitude in the X-15, including Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon. The three X-15s made 199 flights, testing new technologies and techniques which greatly eased America's entry into manned space travel, and made the Apollo missions and Space Shuttle viable propositions. With historical photographs and stunning digital artwork, this is the story of arguably the greatest of the X-Planes.
By:   Peter E. Davies
Imprint:   Osprey Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   3
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   254g
ISBN:   9781472819918
ISBN 10:   1472819918
Series:   X-Planes
Pages:   80
Publication Date:   18 May 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter E. Davies has written or co-written nineteen books on modern American combat aircraft, including the standard reference work on US Navy and Marine Corps Phantom II operations, Gray Ghosts. He is based in Bristol, UK.

Reviews for North American X-15

North American X-15 by Osprey is another fascinating book for modelers, aerospace-oriented enthusiasts, and historians of the X-Plane era. It is full of highly detailed text and first-hand accounts by the pilots. - KitMaker Network


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