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Hypersonic
     

Hypersonic

by Dennis Jenkins
 
Nineteen years before Space Shuttle, the small, black, rocket-powered, bullet-shaped X-15 showed it was possible to fly into - and out of - space. There had never been anything like the X-15; it had a million-horsepower engine and could fly twice as fast as a rifle bullet. The X-15 set records that stood for years.

Specialty Press's bestseller, Hypersonic,

Overview

Nineteen years before Space Shuttle, the small, black, rocket-powered, bullet-shaped X-15 showed it was possible to fly into - and out of - space. There had never been anything like the X-15; it had a million-horsepower engine and could fly twice as fast as a rifle bullet. The X-15 set records that stood for years.

Specialty Press's bestseller, Hypersonic, has been re-released in a softbound format at a reduced price. This book is the most extensively researched history of the X-15 program yet published. The book was written with the cooperation of surviving X-15 pilots as well as many other program principals and is based on six years of research in Air Force, NASA, and North American archives. It covers the tasks of converting and testing the B-52 carrier airplanes, building the first full-pressure suits to protect the pilot, building the first engineering mission simulators, acquiring the remote lakebed landing sites, and building the radar range. It also covers the flight program in detail, including the most authoritative flight log ever assembled; in many instances, information in this log was derived from the original flight-data recordings. Also covered are each of the experiments that were flown aboard the X-15 late in its career when it became the workhorse of the space program, carrying such things as startrackers destined for the Apollo program and missile-detection systems that would later be sent into orbit on satellites.

Editorial Reviews

Modeling Madness - Scott Van Aken
"If you get the impression that this is the most complete, most detailed, and most well-researched book ever written on the X-15 program, then you are correct. This is a book that every aviation enthusiast should have on their shelves. My highest recommendation."
Internet Modeler - Matt Bittner
"If there's anything you want to know about the X-15 program, then this book is for you-and now at a much less expensive rate."
IPMS - Dennie Adams
"If you're into the X-15, you'll want to get a copy of this book. Highest recommendation for this one!!!"
Model Aircraft Monthly - David L. Veres
"I'm certain enthusiasts everywhere will welcome these affordable reprints of landmark titles. If you missed any of them the first time around, you're in luck now. All three deserve spots in every aviation library. Strongly recommended."
SpeedReaders.info - Bill Ingalls
"When all is said and done, I really liked this book and recommend it highly to anyone interested in finding out what the X-15 was all about. A very good mix of technical and historical writing that left me feeling satisfied at the end."
IPMS
"If you're into the X-15, you'll want to get a copy of this book. Highest recommendation for this one!!!" -IPMS, reviewed by Dennie Adams, November 2008
Model Aircraft Monthly
"I'm certain enthusiasts everywhere will welcome these affordable reprints of landmark titles. If you missed any of them the first time around, you're in luck now. All three deserve spots in every aviation library. Strongly recommended." -Model Aicraft Monthly, reviewed by David L. Veres, March 2009
Modeling Madness
"If you get the impression that this is the most complete, most detailed, and most well-researched book ever written on the X-15 program, then you are correct. This is a book that every aviation enthusiast should have on their shelves. My highest recommendation." -Modeling Madness, reviewed by Scott Van Aken, August 2008
Internet Modeler
"If there's anything you want to know about the X-15 program, then this book is for you-and now at a much less expensive rate." -Internet Modeler, reviewed by Matt Bittner, September 2008
Scott Van Aken
If you get the impression that this is the most complete, most detailed, and most well-researched book ever written on the X-15 program, then you are correct. This is a book that every aviation enthusiast should have on their shelves. My highest recommendation.
Modeling Madness
Matt Bittner
If there's anything you want to know about the X-15 program, then this book is for you-and now at a much less expensive rate.
Internet Modeler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580071314
Publisher:
Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
1,311,507
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Dennis R. Jenkins is a consulting engineer in Cape Canaveral, Florida, working on various aerospace projects including 20 years on the Space Shuttle and several on the stillborn X-33 program. He is the author of Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System – The First 100 Missions in addition to more than 30 other works on aerospace history.

Tony Landis was born and raised in southern California and joined the Air Force right out of high school. He has a life-long interest in aerospace history and images from his photo collection have been published in hundreds of publications.

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