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Capt. Milburn G. “Mel” Apt, X-2 Test Pilot, Edwards AFB, 1956

Capt. Milburn G. “Mel” Apt, X-2 Test Pilot, Edwards AFB, 1956

SR-71

The was a twin-seat version of the secret single-seat Lockheed reconnaissance aircraft, which led to the U. Air Force’s Lockheed Blackbird twin-seat reconnaissance variant.

Outstanding photos of the X-15, the fastest manned rocket plane ever

Outstanding photos of the X-15, the fastest manned rocket plane ever

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List of the 10 most powerful and fastest jet aircraft ever built in the World. Fastest Jets in 2012 - 2013

The fastest aircraft ever flown, the X-15.  It could fly over 4,500 mph and reach altitudes above 350,000 feet.

in flight. The flew kph mph) in This was an experimental aircraft powered by rocket engines.

What is the only chase plane that can stay with Scott Crossfield flying the X 15?  An F 104!

What is the only chase plane that can stay with Scott Crossfield flying the X An F

ju87 stuka

World War II - Junkers Stuka - a disaster when put against the P 51 Mustang or Spitfire, slow and vulnerable. But good if no real opposition was around.

Boeing B-52; 78 in service. Famed for its memorable role in Dr Strangelove, the B-52 remains a key frontline type for the US Air Force, which still uses the H-model version. The type has been in USAF service since 1955, featuring heavily in Vietnam and even the US space programme – as the air-launch platform for X-15 rocketplanes.

The launches at feet, already moving at 500 mph or better, in this photo from The X-plane typically was propelled by its rocket engine for about 1 to 2 minutes, then flew for 8 to 12 minutes without power before coming to Earth in a glide landing.

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