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The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2013

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803228406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803228405
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Long before the space shuttle, the United States was flying astronauts with the courage of lions into space aboard wings of steel. This is the story of the astonishing X-15, America's first space plane, which broke records nearly every time it flew. It is a magnificent tale, well told in this meticulously researched book. Everyone with an interest in aviation, space, or high-flying adventure should read it."--Homer Hickam, author of "Rocket Boys"--Homer Hickam (09/20/2012)

"This book gives a fascinating and superbly detailed look into X-15 technology and the dedicated people who first took a winged craft beyond the atmosphere. Along the way it teaches valuable and pertinent lessons for those of us in the private space sector now working to build on that phenomenal legacy."--Rick Searfoss, colonel, USAF retired, space shuttle commander and pilot, XCOR Aerospace chief test pilot--Rick Searfoss (09/20/2012)

"In this gripping book, Michelle Evans brings to life the X-15 and the aerospace pioneers who made it a success. For those already aware of the program, this will bring back fond memories and renew an appreciation for the remarkable people who conceived, operated, and supported this incredible craft. For those who aren't, prepare for an incredible journey of discovery."--Richard P. Hallion, former historian of the USAF (1991-2002), the Air Force Flight Test Center (1982-86), and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (1976-82)--Richard P. Hallion (09/20/2012)

"["The X-15 Rocket Plane" is] a cogently written and well-deserved tribute to the individuals who helped take a winged rocket beyond Earth's confining atmosphere."--John Carver Edwards, "Book Verdict "--John Carver Edwards"Book Verdict" (06/15/2013)

"["The X-15 Rocket Plane" is] acogently written and well-deserved tribute to the individuals who helped take a winged rocket beyond Earth's confining atmosphere." John Carver Edwards, "Book Verdict "--John Carver Edwards"Book Verdict" (06/15/2013)"

""The X-15 Rocket Plane "is an engaging account of America's push into space before pilots became astronauts, and America began a new era of exploration beyond the Earth to the Moon." Anthony Young, "Space Review"--Anthony Young"Space Review" (07/22/2013)"

"[The X-15 Rocket Plane is] acogently written and well-deserved tribute to the individuals who helped take a winged rocket beyond Earth's confining atmosphere." John Carver Edwards, Book Verdict --John Carver Edwards"Book Verdict" (06/15/2013)"

"[The X-15 Rocket Plane is] a cogently written and well-deserved tribute to the individuals who helped take a winged rocket beyond Earth's confining atmosphere."--John Carver Edwards, Book Verdict --John Carver Edwards"Book Verdict" (06/15/2013)

"The X-15 Rocket Plane is an engaging account of America's push into space before pilots became astronauts, and America began a new era of exploration beyond the Earth to the Moon."--Anthony Young, Space Review--Anthony Young"Space Review" (07/22/2013)

"This is a remarkably fine work, one that, despite all the writings on the X-15 to date, has found its own authentic voice."--Richard P./i>--Richard P. Hallion "Quest "

"The social element in this splendid book adds much to the overall history of this remarkably successful research aircraft."--Mick Jeffries, Aerospace--Mick Jeffries"Aerospace" (09/01/2014)

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"[The X-15 Rocket Plane is] a cogently written and well-deserved tribute to the individuals who helped take a winged rocket beyond Earth's confining atmosphere."―John Carver Edwards, Book Verdict
(John Carver Edwards Book Verdict)

"Engle and Armstrong devotees won’t be disappointed with the stories about their heroes in this tome."―American Space

(American Space)

"The X-15 Rocket Plane is an engaging account of America's push into space before pilots became astronauts, and America began a new era of exploration beyond the Earth to the Moon."―Anthony Young, Space Review
(Anthony Young Space Review)

"The importance of the X-15 on the early exploration of space and the subsequent development of the Shuttle program cannot be overstated."―Book Bit, WTBF-AM/FM

(Book Bit, WTBF-AM/FM)

"This is a remarkably fine work, one that, despite all the writings on the X-15 to date, has found its own authentic voice."—Richard P. Hallion, Quest
(Richard P. Hallion Quest)

"The social element in this splendid book adds much to the overall history of this remarkably successful research aircraft."―Mick Jeffries, Aerospace
(Mick Jeffries Aerospace)

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