Built of titanium and a chrome-nickel alloy known as Inconel X, the X-15 was the fastest plane ever built, streaking through the lower reaches of outer space even before the first space capsules reached orbit. First tested in 1959, the X-15 proved to be a crucial testing ground for the astronauts and hardware in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and even the Space Shuttle programs. Celebrated reporter Richard Tregaskis spent time with the pilots, engineers, and other key personnel involved in the project. We learn of the years of planning and design, devastating onboard explosions, exhilarating triumphs, and, above all, the personal and professional sacrifices that paved the way for the enduring legacy of the blisteringly fast X-15 rocket plane.
|Product dimensions:||6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Richard Tregaskis (1916-1973) was an American journalist and author. Tregaskis served as a war correspondent during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He received the Overseas Press Club's George Polk Award in 1964 for first-person reporting under hazardous circumstances.
Accurate and well written. Enjoyed it!
This book is a masterpiece and a tribute to the X-15 program. I stumbled onto this book in the local library when I was in high school and it guided me towards a career in space exploration. I love this book and it's very informative. Scott Crossfield has become my hero because of this book.