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Museum of Flight Oct. 29 Lecture and Book Signing Looks at Flying the Ferocious X-15 Rocket Plane

SEATTLE, – Michelle Evans, author of The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space, will be at the Museum on Oct. 29 for a lecture and book signing telling the incredible story about the NASA/Air Force/Navy/North American Aviation X-15 program of the 1950s and 1960s. Years before the first rocket launches of the Apollo program, X-15 pilots were flying at thousands of miles per hour and to the edge of space. Evans’ program begins at 2 p.m. and is free with admission to the Museum.

The daring hypersonic X-15 program established NASA’s Mission Control system, its first space suits and paved the way for piloted spaceflight and the space shuttle. Michelle Evans interviewed nearly all of the pilots and managers of the X-15 program to create a unique behind-the-scenes story.

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Air Force and NASA pilots pose next to an X-15. NASA photo.