X-15 aircraft test pilots, 1966

X-15 aircraft test pilots, 1966

C022/8068 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.0MB

Downloadable file size: 4.7MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Restrictions: Editorial Use Only Not to be shared on social media or embedded in a web page without permission.

Caption: X-15 aircraft test pilots. From left to right: Joseph H. Engle, Robert A. Rushworth, John B. 'Jack' McKay, William J. 'Pete' Knight, Milton O. Thompson, and Bill Dana. The X-15 was a rocket-powered research aircraft designed to investigate flight at hypersonic speeds. Three X-15s flew a total of 199 missions between 1959 and 1968. The X-15 was carried into the air by a converted B-52 bomber and released at high altitude. The pilot then ignited the X-15's rocket motor. It was the first plane to reach the edge of outer space and set records for the fastest manned aircraft (Mach 6.72, 7,274 kilometres per hour). Photographed in 1966 at the Dryden Flight Research Center.

Release details: Model release not available. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1060s, 1900s, 1966, 20th century, 6, adult, aeronautics, airfield, american, astronaut, astronautics, astronauts, aviation, aviation history, aviation suit, aviator, bill dana, bob, california, caucasian, dfrc, dryden flight research center, early, edge of space, group portrait, helmets, high altitude, historical, history, human, jack, joe, john b. mckay, john mckay, joseph engle, joseph h. engle, male, man, men, milton o. thompson, milton thompson, north america, north american, people, person, pete, pilot, pilots, pioneering, pioneers, portrait, programme, record breakers, record setting, robert a. rushworth, robert rushworth, six, six people, space flight, space race, spaceflight, spacesuit, test pilot, test pilots, united states, us, usa, white, william, william j. knight, william knight, x-15, x-15 aircraft, x-15 program, x-15 test pilots

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.