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X-15 (1961)

 -  Drama | History  -  22 December 1961 (USA)
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During the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force and NASA tested the experimental rocket-powered research aircraft X-15.The X-15 set altitude and speed records reaching the edge of outer space.

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David McLean ...
Matt Powell
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Lt. Col. Lee Brandon
Ralph Taeger ...
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 ...
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Lisabeth Hush ...
Diane Wilde
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Mike Brandon
Lauren Gilbert ...
Col. Jessup
Phil Dean ...
Maj. McCully
Chuck Stanford ...
Lt. Cmdr. Joe Lacrosse
Patty McDonald ...
Susan Brandon
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During the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force and NASA tested the experimental rocket-powered research aircraft X-15.The X-15 set altitude and speed records reaching the edge of outer space.

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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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Richard Donner's directorial debut. See more »

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During the engine test scene, the pilot is helped into X15, serial number 66671. When the test begins, the serial number is showing 66672. See more »

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Faster than anything yet
2 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If you are an aviation junkie than X-15 is the film for you. You will understand and grasp more readily than any of us ordinary film fans what's going on. I had to consult Wikipedia about the X-15 so I was sure of what I was writing.

The narrator of the film was well known Hollywood aviator James Stewart whose love of flying and flight was deep and sincere. He was in fact a general in the Air Force Reserve from his wartime experiences. Stewart always took a reverential approach to flight, possibly too reverential to make his projects entertaining enough. It was the biggest flaw with Strategic Air Command.

Perhaps had X-15 been done as a straight documentary it would have been better. We never really get involved with any of the characters of the test pilots and their homes and families. It was true that one test pilot of the X-15 was killed during the experiments and one of the pilots is killed in the film.

The X-15 was kind of a not missing link between airplanes and rocket travel. It had rocket power that boosted it straight into the highest altitudes yet known and it sure was faster than anything yet known. The experiments would provide a lot of data for NASA to design the space capsules that our Mercury and later Gemini astronauts used.

It would have made a great documentary the X-15 story. For aviation buffs this film's a 10. It's something less for the rest of us.


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