Exhaust Pipes on the North American X-15

Long slim metal exhaust pipes on side of North American X-15 aircraft
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The North American X-15 rocket-powered research aircraft bridged the gap between manned flight within the atmosphere and manned flight beyond the atmosphere into space. After completing its initial test flights in 1959, the X-15 became the first winged aircraft to attain velocities of Mach 4, 5, and 6. Highlighted in this image are exhaust pipes on the North American X-15.


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