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X-15: The World's Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age

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In X-15, the exciting story of the X-15 - the iconic rocket plane of the Cold War space race - is recounted by John Anderson, curator of aerodynamics at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This experimental space plane was on the cutting edge of hypersonic aerodynamics, and its winged reentry from space foreshadowed the development of the Space Shuttle decades later. Launched from the wing of a modified B-52 bomber - again foretelling a concept that would be used decades later, in this case by Space Ship One and Space Ship Two - the ship rocketed higher and faster than any manned aircraft of the time. Designed to approach seven times the speed of sound, it was the first hypersonic aircraft ever created and was engineered to function both in the Earth's atmosphere and at the edge of space. Illustrated with period NASA and USAF photographs, as well as exclusive Smithsonian photography of the first of three X-15s built, X-15 captures the risks and dangers of the X-15 program as Anderson follows the test pilots (including Neil Armstrong) who pushed the very limits of their piloting skills to master groundbreaking experimental technology. Even with the fatal crash of the third X-15, the overall success of the program helped pave the way for NASA to continue to the Moon - and this is the definitive, expertly curated, and beautifully illustrated account of its development.

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In X-15, the exciting story of the hypersonic X-15—the first space plane—is beautifully illustrated with NASA photographs and exclusive photography of the X-15 from the National Air and Space Museum.

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John Anderson (Washington, D.C.) is the curator of aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum and a former professor of aerodynamics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of many books about aviation and aerodynamics, both trade titles and textbooks.

www.si.edu/ofg/Staffhp/andersonj.htm

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Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760344453
Subtitle:
The World's Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age
Author:
Anderson, John
Author:
Passman, Richard
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
neil armstrong
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
hypersonic
Subject:
Aviation - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Smithsonian Series
Publication Date:
20140215
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color and 25 b/w photos
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
10.25 x 8.25 in

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In X-15, the exciting story of the hypersonic X-15—the first space plane—is beautifully illustrated with NASA photographs and exclusive photography of the X-15 from the National Air and Space Museum.
"Synopsis" by ,
John Anderson (Washington, D.C.) is the curator of aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum and a former professor of aerodynamics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of many books about aviation and aerodynamics, both trade titles and textbooks.

www.si.edu/ofg/Staffhp/andersonj.htm

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