Closeup of X-15 Exterior

The X-15's distinctive, heat-resistant exterior
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A special alloy known as Inconel X gave the X-15 its distinctive black color. Made mostly of nickel with chromium, iron, and niobium (columbium), Inconel X was highly resistant to heat while maintaining its strength.

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2008

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Eric Long

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NASM 2008-5563

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