North American X-15

Published: June 6th, 2017     
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Author: Peter E, Davies
Reviewed by: 
Allan Murrell, IPMS# 49715
Company: Osprey Publishing
ISBN #: 9781472819918
Other Publication Information: Publication Date: 18 May 2017, Pages: 80, Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 249.7 inches
Price: $20.00
Product / Stock #: XPL 3

This book goes into great detail of what I consider the best X-Plane of them all, the X-15. This X-plane was the last of the Manned Rocket planes, it went beyond Mach 6, and if the project had continued, would I am sure have passed Mach 7. The X-15 reached the edge of space at 380,000 feet altitude. The project was the first by North American, as they won the contract over Bell and Douglas, who had until this been the main developers of the X-Planes.

There is a lot to the story of the X-15, and this book goes into a lot of detail in an informative and entertaining way. The book draws you in and keeps your attention. I read the book in one sitting and enjoyed it greatly. The book covers all the issues and problems, alongside the great steps forward, the X-15 helped achieve, and the advances in systems, airframe, engines, and materials.

I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in the X-Planes, and especially the X-15. It has some wonderful pictures that are great for modeler's as well.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it for them.

  • A glimpse at the undercarriage of the X-15
    A glimpse at the undercarriage of the X-15
  • Pilot Milt Thompson standing in front of the aircraft/spacecraft X-15 #3.
    Pilot Milt Thompson standing in front of the aircraft/spacecraft X-15 #3.
  • The wedge-shaped tailplane of the X-15 provided directional stability at high altitudes
    The wedge-shaped tailplane of the X-15 provided directional stability at high altitudes
  • The Thoikol (Reaction Motors) XLR-99-RM-2 rocket engine, which provided thrust for 60-120 seconds, would propell the aircraft at upwards of Mach 6, and in excess of 350,000 feet in altitude
    The Thoikol (Reaction Motors) XLR-99-RM-2 rocket engine, which provided thrust for 60-120 seconds, would propell the aircraft at upwards of Mach 6, and in excess of 350,000 feet in altitude