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Static test number 1040 on December 23, 1958, of XLR-11 engine for X-15,at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Static test number 1040 on December 23, 1958, of XLR-11 engine for X-15,at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The engine is in a test stand.

Date: 1958, December 23
Duration: 2 min 40 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
An XLR-11 engine designed for use with the X-15 is static tested at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Static test number 1040 of XLR-11 engine for X-15. with XLR-11 engine at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Decenber 13, 1958. Engine in test stand. Heavy white smoke as test commences, followed by intense transparent blue flame and occasional bursts of white smoke

Date: 1958, December 23
Duration: 2 min 48 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Establishment of Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and its first launch of a ballistic missile.

Restrospective of the 1954 search for a suitable site for U.S. Air Force testing of ballistic missiles. Coastal area with ocean in the background. Officials look over charts, maps, photographs as they select the site for Vandenberg Air Force Base. In January, 1958, view of building with a sign that reads ' Headquarters, First Missile Division, Strategic Air Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base' Entrance of the headquarters as Major General David Wade walks out. U.S. Air Force officers and airmen attend missile training classes. Airmen work on assembly of Thor missiles . U.S. Air Force officers and airmen operate missile launch consoles in a launch control center. November, 1958, Thor intermediate range missile on a trailer being delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Trailer backs up to the launch pad. December, 16, 1958, the Thor missile on launch pad venting gases. U.S. Air Forces officers at a launch console. The Thor missile is launched. RAF airmen watch missile in flight.

Date: 1958
Duration: 3 min 31 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
A speech by U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon at the roll out of the X-15 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, United States.

A speech by U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon in the United States. Vice President Richard Nixon and Mrs. Nixon arrive at a speaker stand at Edwards Air Force Base, California. They are escorted by other dignitaries. A flag of United States. People seated for the speech. Dignitaries on the stage. Vice President Nixon climbs up the steps of the stage and shakes hands with the dignitaries. Men take pictures. People seated on chairs at the base. Mr. Nixon; Mr. Kindelberger, President of North America; Mr. Horner, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Research and Development make speechs. The dignitaries stand and applaud. X-15 is towed by a tug and is rolled out of a hangar. Insignia of United States. Dignitaries on either side of the X-15.

Date: 1958, October 15
Duration: 5 min 20 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Sled tests being conducted with the help of dummies at Edwards Air Force Base in California, United States.

Sled tests conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, California. North American test Pilot Al White dons X-15 pressure and space suit. Wind blast tests being conducted on rocket sled with the help of a dummy. Rocket sled run with dummy wearing an X-15 space suit testing the ejection escape system. Dummy inside X-15 nose section during another test. Pilot jumps with a parachute in case of an emergency. Fabrication and assembling of X-15 at North American Aviation Company. Technicians operate control panel. Engineers check the aircraft parts at the center. Pilot Scott Crossfield undergoes training seated inside whirling centrifuge.

Date: 1958
Duration: 3 min 38 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon gives speech during roll out ceremony of X-15 at the Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Roll out ceremony of American X-15 aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base in California, United States. United States Vice President Richard Nixon gives a speech during roll out ceremony of X-15. American X-15 comes out of the hangar. Photographers take pictures. Pilot wearing space suit gets into the cockpit of the aircraft. Technicians and engineers check the aircraft and take readings on instruments.

Date: 1958, October 15
Duration: 1 min 22 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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