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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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Cast overview:
David McLean ...
Matt Powell
Lt. Col. Lee Brandon
Ralph Taeger ...
Maj. Ernest Wilde
Maj. Anthony Rinaldi
Col. Craig Brewster
Tom Deparma
Pamela Stewart
Patricia Owens ...
Margaret Brandon
Lisabeth Hush ...
Diane Wilde
Mike Brandon
Lauren Gilbert ...
Col. Jessup
Phil Dean ...
Maj. McCully
Chuck Stanford ...
Lt. Cmdr. Joe Lacrosse
Patty McDonald ...
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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Release Date:

22 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avião Foguete X-15  »

Box Office


$422,500 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Donner's directorial debut. See more »


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 »


Featured in 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) See more »

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Nice entertainment for X-plane lovers
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As a teenager I don't see myself falling into the average 6 voting. Even though the 60s is not my decade, I still love this movie. It should be appreciated for the simply its existence. Besides the Right Stuff, we don't really see much of them depict the space race so specifically. Starring MTM and Bronson is better than random actors anyways. At least we see how fine MTM use to be.

Inviting popular movie stars showed how important this project is. The power of how much people cares during that decade is amazing compare to the significance of it today. Usually, how much public cares indicates how well the technological advancement is going to turn out.Unfortunately that enthusastism is long gone... You won't see another movie over space exploration anymore.

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