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X-15 (1959) Pt. 2 of 3

Reel Number: 221332-02

Color: Colour

Sound: SD

Year / Date: 1959

Country: USA

Location: California,Edwards Air Force Base,Rogers Lake Bed

TC Begins: 00:08:59

TC Ends: 00:17:28

Duration: 00:08:29

X-15 (1959) Pt. 2 of 3 Edwards Air Force Base, California (17Sep59) Archival film of X-1 breaking sound barrier. X-2 beneath B-52 airplane & dropping seen from above and below. Animated diagram of planned route of X-15 & radar stations during flight from California, across Nevada, to Utah. Returning plane w/ heat built up shown in animated drawings. 00:10:35 Space suit fitted to pilot Al White & boarding TF-102 in suit. Rocket sled w/ pilot in suit to over 1000 mph. Nose section of X-15 tested on rocket sled w/ ejection escpe system & dummy parachuting back. Engineers in drafting lab, assembling new alloys in test assembly for three test planes. 00:12:54 Pilot into flight simulator. Computer; instruments in simulator. Centrifuge training & CU of test pilot, flight surgeon & test director monitoring. 00:14:12 Vice President Nixon speaking at mics (MOS & SOF) at unveiling of X-15. Crowd around plane. At Edwards AF Base X-15 inspected, tested. Fitting plane into cradle under wing & trial flights of B-52 w/ X-15. 00:15:54 First test drop & various views of plane, pilot & instruments. Ground communication. First landing on lake. NASA; Air Force; Experimental Test Flights Continued on Pt. 3 of 3

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