Static test of X-15 with XLR-99 engine and Joe Walker interviewed after setting a new record at Edwards Air Force Base.
United States USA Date:1961, September 15 Duration:5 min 40 sec Sound:Yes
Annual report of X-15. X-15 under NB-52A wing and another NB-52A in the background. NB-52A with X-15 in flight. X-15 released from NB-52A and in flight to the right and contrails of aircraft. X-15 with XLR-11 engine under the wing of NB-52A in flight. A nozzle of XLR-99 engine in ground. Technicians running away from X-15 with XLR-99 engine in ground at static test stand and into blockhouse and closing the door. Window of X-15 on ground at static test stand shows pilot wearing helmet in cockpit. Blockhouse shows tape recorder started and in operation. A technician wears handset and microphones. Tail of X-15 with XLR-99 engine on static test stand. It shows vapor coming out from aircraft. Pilot in X-15 cockpit operates control with his left hand. Ignition and run up of XLR-99 engine in X-15 on ground at static test stand. Pilot hands on X-15 controls advancing throttle. Flame from XLR-99 engine in X-15 on static test stand. Diamond shock waves changing length by change of throttle. Hand of pilot in X-15 cockpit pulls throttle back to the off or minimum position. XLR-99 engine in X-15 on static test stand and test is culminated, engine is shut down and flame kicked off. Explosion and fire burning in the area. Scott Crossfield seated at desk and shows still photograph of XLR-99 engine explaining explosion and diagrams of XLR-99 engine tank system. X-15 lands on the dry lake bed. F-104a in flight overhead of X-15 in background. Joe Walker interviewed.
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