WHERE BLUE SKIES TURN BLACK
THE X-15 ROCKET PLANE

From 1956 to 1968, a total of 199 free flights of the North American X-15 rocket plane explored the regions of hyper-sonic flight up to Mach 6 and heights in excess of 50 miles.  Operating at the very fringe of space, for just a few short minutes the X-15 programme not only pushed the experience of flight well beyond the speed of sound but also supported programmes intended to explore space such as Apollo and Space Shuttle.  In this presentation, Dave reveals the often forgotten history of this sleek black rocket plane and its contributions to both aviation and space exploration.
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Where Blue Skies Turn Black