[May 27, 2014] As a kid who loved all things related to science, I was enthralled with the X-15 experimental rocket aircraft of the 1950s and 60s. Somewhere in the attic is the plastic model I built around the time I started grade school. The engineers who designed and the test pilots who flew these aircraft were leaders in their day; doing the things that made later our flights to the moon a success.
We are also honoring test pilot Bill Dana who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft. He is shown in the photograph here. He passed away two weeks ago1.
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[Note] The experimental rocket aircraft were a joint venture between the U.S. Air Force and NASA.