Silver gelatin photograph, 10.5 x 13.25 in., captioned in lower margin, "X-15 Pilots / Air Force Flight Test Center." A remarkable view of six of the twelve original X-15 pilots standing around a parked NASA / Air Force X-15 rocket-powered aircraft, boldly signed by the following pilots (from left to right):
Robert A. Rushworth (1924-1993) 34 total flights; John B. McKay (1922-1975) 29 total flights; Forrest S. Petersen (1922-1990) 5 total flights, lone Naval pilot; Joseph A. Walker (1921-1966) 25 total flights, killed piloting an F-104 during an in-flight photo shoot with the XB-70 Valkyrie (of which only two were built); Neil A. Armstrong (1930-2012) 7 total flights; Robert M. White (1924-2010) 16 flights.
During the 1960s, a number of speed and altitude records were set by the X-15 rocket-powered aircraft, which reached the edge of space and returned with valuable data that was later used in the development of both air and spacecraft.
Some toning to print. Signatures very strong, legible.
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