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Hypersonic: The Story of the North American X-15 Hardcover – Jan 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Specialty Pr Pub & Wholesalers (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158007068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580070683
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #729,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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"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.

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Format: Hardcover
I am one of the authors, and was a bit concerned by a point raised in Mr. Reid's review. I appreciate that he liked the book, and I truly hope he enjoys it.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I admit it- if it was built by North American, I'll usually like 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!
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Format: Hardcover
Collaboratively compiled and written by aviation experts Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. Landis, Hypersonic: The Story Of The North American X-15 is an immensely detailed and comprehensive look at the North American X-15, the fastest airplane ever built, and the only vehicle ever flown by a pilot (instead of by a computer) into space and back. 500 black-and-white photographs, 50 color photographs, and 100 line drawings (including some never-before-seen images), are deftly paired with an in-depth commentary on both the history and the technical specifications of this superb aircraft. Hypersonic is a most memorable tribute to the predecessor of the Space Shuttle and an invaluable contribution to Aviation History reference collections.
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Format: Hardcover
This is possibly the best book ever written about a research airplane. Perhaps best of all, it has forewords written by two X-15 pilots. The book covers the events leading up to the NACA deciding to build the airplane, the process that the military went through to fund it and the evolution of the configuration. The book takes the program all the way through finding the lakebeds that served as emergency landings sites and the development ifh the radar stations that tracked the X-15. The book contains hundreds of absolutely stunning photographs that I have never seen before and excellent color profiles of both the X-15 and the NB-52 carrier aircraft. This is a "must buy" for anybody interested in the X-15.
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Format: Hardcover
As one of the other reviewers noted, there are such a collection of previously not widely published photos that for that reason alone, X-15 enthusiasts should add this book to their collection.
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.
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