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Haynes Manual: North American X-15

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Haynes Manual: North American X-15

25.00

DAVID BAKER

The only piloted aircraft to have been flown routinely to the edge of space at speeds in excess of Mach 6, the rocket-powered X-15 is an iconic example of aeronautical engineering excellence in the hands of an elite group of “jocks” – Neil Armstrong among them – who consistently pushed the boundaries of human flight. This Manual describes how the X-15 was conceived, built and operated, including details of the many exotic (and formerly top secret) technologies developed specifically for the aircraft. It also looks at planned variants, including the X-15’s orbital successor, Dyna-Soar, and the two-seat X-15B, and includes a detailed log of all 199 X-15 flights with altitude, speed and Mach number. 

Format: 270 x 215 x 17 mm

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DAVID BAKER

The only piloted aircraft to have been flown routinely to the edge of space at speeds in excess of Mach 6, the rocket-powered X-15 is an iconic example of aeronautical engineering excellence in the hands of an elite group of “jocks” – Neil Armstrong among them – who consistently pushed the boundaries of human flight. This Manual describes how the X-15 was conceived, built and operated, including details of the many exotic (and formerly top secret) technologies developed specifically for the aircraft. It also looks at planned variants, including the X-15’s orbital successor, Dyna-Soar, and the two-seat X-15B, and includes a detailed log of all 199 X-15 flights with altitude, speed and Mach number. 

Format: 270 x 215 x 17 mm

About the author

Author Dr David Baker worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990. He has written more than 100 books on space flight and military technology and is the former editor of Jane’s Space Directory and Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades. In 1986 he was made a member of the International Academy of Astronautics by NASA manned flight boss George Mueller and is a member of the US Air Force Association and The Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He received the 1998 Rolls-Royce Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year and in 2005 he was a recipient of the Arthur C Clarke Award. David is currently the editor of SpaceFlight, the monthly space news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, of which he is a Fellow. He lives in East Sussex, England, with his wife Ann.