Hypersonic: The Story of the North American X-15 Hardcover – Jan 2003
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About 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"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."--Scott Van Aken"Modeling Madness" (08/19/2008)
"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."--Matt Bittner"Internet Modeler" (09/01/2008)
"If you're into the X-15, you'll want to get a copy of this book. Highest recommendation for this one!!!"--Dennie Adams"IPMS" (11/01/2008)
"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."--David L. Veres"Model Aircraft Monthly" (03/01/2009)
"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."--Bill Ingalls"SpeedReaders.info" (02/02/2015) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
However, if Mr. Reid feels the binding is causing him concern, I suggest he contact the publisher. I have had my book (I get an advance) for a while now and have not noticed any cause for concern, and my copy has been extensively looked through by a lot of people. This printer generally turns out a very superior product, and I know that the publisher was excited by this book and would not have scrimped on the binding. Perhaps Mr. Reid simply somehow received a defective copy.
I urge Mr. Reid to call Specialty to resolve the issue. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading it and looking at all the great photos Tony managed to find for it.
But Jenkins and Landis have scored big with this book.
The X-15 was the most sucessful X-plane. but so much was unknown about what it did in it's 199 flights, and the fact is-it's successes were not yelled from the top of the N.A.A. plant at Los Angeles!
Everyone who loved that aircraft felt that there was a void until recently. The Apogee book and this one especially, tell the story about how we pursued entry into space with wings. "Hypersonic" is the book that future Historians will be using to learn about the fantastic feats that the X-15 accomplished. This volume and the follow up scrapbook are long overdue homage to those first early days of manned spaceflight!
This is THE must read book about the X-15!
While the quality of the typesetting, graphs and especially the photos is extremely high, I have some serious concern about the quality of the perfect binding. I treat my references gently, but this one already has me a bit concerned about the pages staying with it after even a bit of usage.
However, even if I had to use this loose-leaf, it would be added to my collection right away. Hard to imagine that such a trove of "good stuff" was not previously published.
Most recent customer reviews
Full-page size blueprints with dimensions & close ups of all the X-15 markings. (For scratch-built modeling purposes). Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Joel
This is a fabulous book about the X-15, one of my favorite planes/spacecraft. It is full of beautiful illustrations and great text; it is an absolute must-have if you are in the... Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by JB
Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. Landis have produced the best volume I've ever seen on the history of the X-15. Read morePublished on May 3 2003 by Kurt Duerksen