X-15 rocket plane in its first powered flight. Glimpse of water tower at Edwards Air Force Base, California. NASA NB-52, 52-003, carrying an X-15 under its wing is seen overhead, along with two chase planes. All are generating contrails. The X-15 releases from the B-52 and its separate contrail is seen. It lags well behind the B-52 for moment, and then accelerates up and past the B-52 mothership. It is seen as a white dot moving at high speed across the sky. (Note: This is X-15 No. 2, tail number: 56-6671. Scott Crossfield flew this mission at mach 2.11 and altitude 52,341 feet.)
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