• Short Summary

    America's X-15 rocket space research plane was filmed in free flight over the Mojave Desert, USA, June 8.

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    America's X-15 rocket space research plane was filmed in free flight over the Mojave Desert, USA, June 8. This stubby-winged craft, piloted by North American test pilot Scott Crossfield, dropped from thirty-eight thousand feet from beneath the right wing of its 'parent' B-52 Stratofort.

    Without power it swooped downwards at 400mph. Crossfield's life depended on the accuracy of the engineers' calculations, on the thoroughness of test-bed operations.

    As the plane came into the landing area of Rogers Dry Lake he jettisoned the ventrical control fin and told controls, "Everything went perfect; I wish I could do a barrel roll on the way in."
    At 185 mph the plane touched down. White chalk dust spurted from under the wheels, fire tenders and ambulances moved out to the runway -a proving flight had ended perfectly.

    Earlier this month Crossfield 'took up' his plane under the B-52's wing for final tests before this historic, death-defying free flight.

    Later this summer he will take the plane up under its own 'steam'. Looking further into the future - Crossfield will probably be the pilot who takes X-15 to Outer Space. This aircraft is built to withstand the tremendous friction-heat of speeds of up to four thousand miles per hour.

    He may be the first men to follow the trail blazed by mice, monkeys and mongrels.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0YRF1SWJQHKGCG07D286F0WZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0YRF1SWJQHKGCG07D286F0WZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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