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.
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
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.
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.
Static test number 1043 of XLR-11 engine for X-15, on January 12, 1959,at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Engine in test stand.
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.