Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Left side view of North American X-15 research airplane (X-15 #1, X-15A, 56-6670) as it flares for landing on the lake bed at the NASA Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, California. Note that this is early in the test program, the aircraft has the paired XLR-11 engine and a test instrumentation nose boom.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Airplanes
  • Rocketry
  • X-15 (Rocket aircraft)
  • Rocket planes

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Circa 1959

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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