Edge of Space: X-15 - World's Fastest Rocket Plane

  • Published 8 months ago
  • 10

The North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft that the United States Air Force and NASA used for a series of experimental aircraft. North American was an aeronautical company that build the amazing aircraft, and in the 1960s, the X-15 set speed and altitude records.

The maximum speed of the aircraft was 4,520 mph, with a range of 280 mi and rate of climb of 60,000 ft/min. In the 60s, the X-15 traveled to the edge of outer space, helping NASA and the Air Force collect invaluable data.

During the X-15 program, several pilots tested the aircraft and pushed it to the limits. The last flight took off in 1970. In 2005, all of the pilots that meet the 50 mile altitude were awarded NASA astronaut wings. Only one pilot failed to meet the criteria.

William J. “Pete” Knight pushed the aircraft to the fastest limits, achieving speed of 4,250 mph and 4,519 mph (just one mph short of the maximum speed limit). Joseph A. Walker, on the other hand, took the plane  to the highest altitude, reaching 65.8 mi and 67.0 mi.

From Around the Web

Related Videos

The Rangers as they call them, are the US military light infantry, special operations unit. The 75th Ranger Regiment is headquartered at Fort Benning, Georgia, and is compose...

  • 277
  • 3 weeks ago
  • Not Rated
Science
atomic bomb
youtube icon
17:16

More than 70 years ago, the United States of America dropped the first atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, USA dropped a bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, they bombed another Japa...

  • 561
  • 1 month ago
  • 6(1)
Military/War
9/11 conspiracy
youtube icon
01:39:27
9/11 +2

It’s been more than 15 years since America experienced one of the biggest and greatest terrorist attacks on its soil. And there are still conspiracies trying to shed some light...

  • 734
  • 1 month ago
  • Not Rated
Technology
rolls royce
youtube icon
58:32

In 1884, Henry Royce started a revolution in Britain. No, not a military revolution. Instead, he changed the car industry of the United Kingdom forever. He made his first car, a ...

  • 373
  • 1 month ago
  • Not Rated
Avatar

3,443 Videos / 3,224,023 Views
Related Articles
The aircraft took its first flight from Toulouse-Bagnac Airport at 10:42 am local time
  • 305
  • 1 month ago
History often forgets about them, but the reality is that there have been as many legendary female warriors as male
  • 736
  • 3 months ago
There is a reason why Sparta was one of the most powerful cities in Ancient Greece, and it all came down to their army
  • 935
  • 4 months ago
These airports are as challenging, as they are amazing and strange. Incredible landings, incredible takeoffs in extreme ...
  • 954
  • 5 months ago