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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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Richard Donner (as Richard D. Donner)

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Cast overview:
David McLean ... Matt Powell
Charles Bronson ... Lt. Col. Lee Brandon
Ralph Taeger ... Maj. Ernest Wilde
Brad Dexter ... Maj. Anthony Rinaldi
Kenneth Tobey ... Col. Craig Brewster
James Gregory ... Tom Deparma
Mary Tyler Moore ... Pamela Stewart
Patricia Owens ... Margaret Brandon
Lisabeth Hush Lisabeth Hush ... Diane Wilde
Stanley Livingston ... Mike Brandon
Lauren Gilbert Lauren Gilbert ... Col. Jessup
Phil Dean Phil Dean ... Maj. McCully
Chuck Stanford Chuck Stanford ... Lt. Cmdr. Joe Lacrosse
Patty McDonald Patty McDonald ... Susan Brandon
James Stewart ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avião Foguete X-15 See more »

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Budget:

$422,500 (estimated)
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Essex Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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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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 »

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Lt. Col. Lee Brandon: When you're a man, you be a man.
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Nice entertainment for X-plane lovers
12 May 2006 | by northamericanx15See all my reviews

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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