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During the Cold War in the 1960s the U.S.A.F.and NASA tested the experimental rocket-powered aircraft X-15 that set altitude and speed records and reached the edge of outer space.

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Lt. Col. Lee Brandon
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Col. Craig Brewster
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Tom Deparma
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Pamela Stewart
Patricia Owens ...
Margaret Brandon
Lisabeth Hush ...
Diane Wilde
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Mike Brandon
Lauren Gilbert ...
Col. Jessup
Phil Dean ...
Maj. McCully
Chuck Stanford ...
Lt. Cmdr. Joe Lacrosse
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At the height of the Cold War during the 1960s the U.S. Air Force and NASA tested an experimental rocket-powered research aircraft code-named X-15.The X-15 experiments were conducted at Edwards Air Force Base.The X-15 aircraft set altitude and speed records by reaching the edge of outer space.The project is managed by U.S. Air Force Colonel Craig Brewster and scientist Tom Deparma. The main test pilots are Matt Powell, Colonel Lee Brandon and Major Ernest Wilde.During the test flights the X-15 aircraft is dropped from a B-52 Stratofortress mother ship before starting its engine.The whole test team is enthusiastic about the project but the project is plagued by setbacks and near disasters right from the start. Written by nufs68

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The Rocket Ship That Challenged Outer Space! See more »

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22 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avião Foguete X-15  »

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$422,500 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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The high altitude high speed experimental rocket-powered research aircraft X-15 was built by North American Aviation and Reaction Motors in 1955-56 and it was operated by the U.S.Air Force and NASA as part of the X-plane series of experimental aircraft. The X-15 achieved altitude and speed records and still holds the official world record for the highest speed reached by a manned aircraft.Its first flight was on 8th of June 1959.Its maximum speed was 4,520 miles per hour(7,274 km/h),its maximum altitude was 67.0 miles(107.8 km)and it had a range of 280 miles(450 km).Three X-15s were built and flew a total of 199 test flights.Twelve test pilots flew the X-15. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie in a close-up side shot of the X15 hanging under the B-52s wing, you can see that the cockpit cover on the X15 is not fully seated in the closed position even though they are in a countdown to in-flight launch. A launch in that condition would have ripped the cockpit cover off of the jet and killed the pilot. See more »

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Oh, come on, have some fun!
26 January 2003 | by (NWO) – See all my reviews

OK, so X-15 isn't the best of Hollywood, but it IS the 2nd best X-Planes movie ever (second to Right Stuff, but better than Space Cowboys).

Call it a docu-drama, call it campy, call it naive, whatever. This is a great Saturday afternoon movie. It's a blast to see MTM and Charlie Bronson together. Those of us with a fascination with historic aircraft love the authentic footage. Hey, the movie even got a mention in Milt Thompson's Book "At the Edge of Space: The X-15 Flight Program".

So, do your best to find a copy, forget Soviet comparisons, check your mind at the door and enjoy X-15!


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