MOCKUP
MOCKUP

Manufacturer

NORTH AMERICAN

Markings:

U.S. Air Force/NASA, Edwards Air Force Base, 1968

Designation:

X-15A-2

Serial Number:

56-6671

NORTH AMERICAN X-15A-2 MOCKUP

The X-15 is one of the most successful aircraft of the X-Plane series of experimental aircraft. Designed in the late 1950s to explore high altitudes and high speeds the X-15 would fly 199 times and set both altitude and speed records. Eventually the X-15 flew high enough to win its pilots Astronaut wings. It also set the world's absolute speed record by flying over six times the speed of sound.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 22 ft 4 in
  • Length: 50 ft
  • Height: 13 ft
  • Weight: 56,130 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 4,520 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 354,200 ft
  • Range: 275 miles
  • Engines: 1 Thiokol XLR99-RM-2 rocket engine 57,850 lbs thrust
  • Crew: 1