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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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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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22 December 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avião Foguete X-15  »

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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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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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