X-15 first powered flight on Thursday, 17 September, 1959. (X-15 No. 2, tail number: 56-6671 with LR-11 engines. Scott Crossfield flew this mission at mach 2.11 and altitude 52,341 feet.) Scenes of several other X-15 powered flights are also shown. View of the water tower at Edwards Air Force Base, california. Overhead, NASA NB-52A, No. 003 and an F-100D chase plane, are seen at high altitude, with contrails behind them. The X-15, cradled under the B-52's right wing, drops clear, starts its rocket engines and begins its first independent powered flight, climbing rapidly away from the B-52. NASA camera tracks it, appearing as a moving white dot against the sky. The next sequences show later powered flights. View of NASA B-52 and three chase planes leaving contrails overhead. X-15 drops, its engines are running and falls behind the B-52, before accelerating rapidly, passing to its right, and continuing upward. Another scene shows brief glimpse of NASA B-52 overhead (no contrails). In final scene, X-15 is seen moving rapidly, leaving a long contrail behind it. Cloud then obscures the image somewhat.
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