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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Matt Powell
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Lt. Col. Lee Brandon
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Maj. Ernest Wilde
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Maj. Anthony Rinaldi
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Col. Craig Brewster
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Tom Deparma
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Pamela Stewart
Patricia Owens ...
Margaret Brandon
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Susan Brandon
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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)  »

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Avião Foguete X-15  »

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$422,500 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Donner's directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

During the engine test scene, the pilot is helped into X-15, serial number 66671. When the test begins, the serial number is showing 66672. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Lee Brandon: When you're a man, you be a man.
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Featured in 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) See more »

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A Major Disappointment
18 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, what could have been a good movie is turned into a major disappointment by a decision to take all the aerial photography done in 4:3 format and stretch it to fit the 2.35:1 format used for the rest of the movie. This makes the aircraft look strange and unreal. It ruins the experience.

This should have been a "must see" movie for aviation buffs since it shows an important period in the development of aviation. But stretching the film to fit a widescreen format makes the scenes of the X-15, the B-52 mother-ship and the F-104 and F-100 chase planes look distorted and unrealistic. It is a real waste and a shame that the film producers were more concerned with using a widescreen than with a usable presentation.


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