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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.
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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.
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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.
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TaffGoch Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Nige,

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.)

-Taff
 
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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:
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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
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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
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The fastest plane in the world. :pride: :D
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