At the Edge of Space

At the Edge of Space : The X-15 Flight Program

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In At the Edge of Space, Milton O. Thompson tells the dramatic story of one of the most successful research aircraft ever flown. The first full-length account of the X-15 program, the book profiles the twelve test pilots (Neil Armstrong, Joe Engle, Scott Crossfield, and the author among them) chosen for the program. Thompson has translated a highly technical subject into readable accounts of each pilot's participation, including many heroic and humorous anecdotes and highlighting the pilots' careers after the program ended in more

Product details

  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 30mm | 621.42g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 70 B&W PHOTOS
  • 1588340783
  • 9781588340788
  • 396,107

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“Thompson brings the era to life, describing the triumph and tragedy of the pilots and technicians that worked on perhaps the country’s most ambitious Xplane testing program.”—"Sky & Telescope" “Thompson is especially strong in describing the human dimension of the X-15 effort, enlivening the narrative with both heroic and humorous anecdotes.”—"Air Power History" “Couldn’t put it down.”—"U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings" “Thompson’s well-written history of the program captures the technical challenges, the camaraderie and, most of all, the high adventure of X-15 flight. Highly recommended.”—"Publishers Weekly" “. . . a very worthwhile book.”—"New Scientist"show more

About Milton O. Thompson

Milton O. Thompson (1926-1993) was chief engineer at the NASA Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility in Edwards, more

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