North American X-15A-2 Mockup

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
North American
Markings
U.S. Air Force/NASA, Edwards Air Force Base, 1968
Designation
X-15A-2
Serial Number
56-6671

North American X-15A-2 Mockup

The X-15 is one of the most successful aircraft of the X-Plane series of experimental aircraft. Designed in the late 1950s to explore high altitudes and high speeds the X-15 would fly 199 times and set both altitude and speed records. Eventually the X-15 flew high enough to win its pilots Astronaut wings. It also set the world’s absolute speed record by flying over six times the speed of sound.

Specifications
Wingspan 22 ft 4 in
Length 50 ft
Height 13 ft
Weight 56,130 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 4,520 mph
Service Ceiling 354,200 ft
Range 275 miles
Engines 1 Thiokol XLR99-RM-2 rocket engine 57,850 lbs thrust
Crew 1