U.S. Air Force X-15A aircraft first unpowered drop flight and landing in California, United States on June 8, 1959. United States Air Force Boeing NB-52A aircraft with X-15 under its wing, taxis and takes off from Edwards Air Force Base, California. American X-15 aircraft in captive-carry position, mated to pylon under wing of Boeing NB-52A aircraft. The aircraft taxis and takes off from the runway. Chase planes U.S. Air Force F-104A flies along NB-52A aircraft. X-15 releases from NB-52A aircraft in mid flight. Radar dish antenna records course of the flight. Pilot seated in the cockpit of F-104A aircraft. Technicians look at plotting boards and flight monitors. Pilot Albert Scott Crossfield converses with ground crew members. X-15 piloted by Crossfield lands at Rogers Dry Lake in California.
Static test number 1044, of XLR-11 engine for X-15, on January 13, 1959,at Edwards Air Force Base in California. A camera kept on a platform. Engine in test stand.
Static test number 1045 of XLR-11 engine for X-15, on January 16, 1959, at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Engine in test stand.
Static test number 1051 of XLR-11 engine for X-15, on February 2, 1959 at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Engine is in test stand.
Static test number 1044, of XLR-11 engine for X-15, January 13, 1959 at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Heavy fumes fill area at startup of test and are dispelled as hot gases are generated by engine.
Static test number 1043of XLR-11 engine for X-15 at Edwards Air Force Base on January12, 1959. Technician dressed in white protective gear, standing beside white truck at test stand. Heavy smoke and fumes are seen before engine develops power on test stand.