X-15 Man's Daring Flight Into Space

By: Caidin, Martin

Price: $15.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


B&W Illustrations; This is a small format trade paperback book with cardstock covers and a glued spine. The book is in Very Good condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The white covers have some ground-in dirt and a bit of edge wear and nicking to the spine ends and corners. The text pages are clean, but noticeably toned due to the acid content of the paper. "Like many X-series aircraft, the X-15 was designed to be carried aloft and drop launched from under the wing of a NASA B-52 mother ship. Air Force NB-52A, "The High and Mighty One" (serial 52-0003, AKA Balls Three) , and NB-52B, "The Challenger" (serial 52-0008, AKA Balls 8) served as carrier planes for all X-15 flights. Release took place at an altitude of about 8.5 miles (13.7 km) and a speed of about 500 miles per hour (805 km/h). The X-15 fuselage was long and cylindrical, with rear fairings that flattened its appearance, and thick, dorsal and ventral wedge-fin stabilizers. Parts of the fuselage were heat-resistant nickel alloy (Inconel-X 750). The retractable landing gear comprised a nose-wheel carriage and two rear skids. The skids did not extend beyond the ventral fin, which required the pilot to jettison the lower fin (fitted with a parachute) just before landing."

Title: X-15 Man's Daring Flight Into Space

Author Name: Caidin, Martin

Categories: Aeronautics / Astronautics,

Edition: Trade Edition

Publisher: New York, Rutledge Book / Scholastic Book Services: 1961

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: A33972

Keywords: Aeronautics / Astronautics Martin Caidin X-15 Experimental Plane Hypersonic Plain Rockets Rocket Science NASA Aeronautics / Astronautics,