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North American X-15A-2 ortho [new] by unusualsuspex North American X-15A-2 ortho [new] by unusualsuspex
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JDunk1971 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Now we have Spaceship 2.
larry03052 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Though never actually built to my knowledge, the Air Force contemplated a successor to the X-15 with the same shape hull but a raked delta wing. Without the external fuel tanks, she would've been faster than the x-15, but I gather they felt they had garnered enough data from this model and never actually built the delta version. There may be a full-size mockup kicking around some AF base somewhere, though.
CadillacSpaz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Nice work. It reminds me of my first estes rocket. An X-15 made by cox that came prebuilt. And that I have a special hobby kit around here somewhere to build.

If I recall correctly, the Air Force tested ablative coatings on the X-15 as well. The coatings protected the airframes skin but wore off under friction from the atmosphere.
TaffGoch Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014

If you ever do any revisions, you may consider distinguishing between the X-15 and the X-15A-2 (depicted in this poster.)

The X-15A-2 fuselage is 29 inches longer than the X-15, and was the outcome of a near-complete rebuild, after the X-15-2 rolled-over in a landing-gear-failure accident, on 9 November 1962. (The pilot, Jack MacKay, survived to fly 22 more X-15 flights.) Only the X-15A-2 has the external fuel tanks.

X-15-1, serial number 66670 (Now hanging in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum)
X-15-2, serial number 66671 (Rebuilt as X-15A-2; Floor display in the Air Force Museum hanger, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio) 
X-15-3, serial number 66672 (Catastrophic in-flight breakup and crash, 15 November 1967)

All configurations are beauties, in my opinion. Your poster is a nice tribute. :clap:

(It's amazing, to me, that the X-15 program was conducted without in-flight computers, over 50 years ago.)

unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for that Taff. I need to get it right mate, so I'll actually sort this out ASAP. :salute:
TaffGoch Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Darn it, I forgot to mention that, while the X-15 fuselage length is 50 feet, 9 inches,...

...the X-15A-2 length is 53 feet, 2 inches
Kira-SR Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gotta love travel at mach 7... i wish i could do that one day XD
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The fastest plane in the world. :pride: :D
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