List of X-15 flights

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A list of North American X-15 pilots and flights.

X-15 pilots[edit]

Pilot Agency Flights Aircraft
Mike Adams USAF 7 56-6670 (4), 56-6672 (3)
Neil Armstrong NASA 7 56-6670 (3), 56-6672 (4)
Scott Crossfield North American 14 56-6670 (2), 56-6671 (12)
Bill Dana NASA 16 56-6670 (6), 56-6671 (1), 56-6672 (9)
Joseph H. Engle USAF 16 56-6670 (7), 56-6672 (9)
Pete Knight USAF 16 56-6670 (6), 56-6671 (8), 56-6672 (2)
John B. McKay NASA 29 56-6670 (12), 56-6671 (11), 56-6672 (6)
Forrest S. Petersen USN 5 56-6670 (4), 56-6671 (1)
Robert A. Rushworth USAF 34 56-6670 (13), 56-6671 (12), 56-6672 (9)
Milt Thompson NASA 14 56-6670 (5), 56-6672 (9)
Joe Walker NASA 25 56-6670 (13), 56-6671 (3), 56-6672 (9)
Robert White USAF 16 56-6670 (6), 56-6671 (6), 56-6672 (4)

List of X-15 free flights[edit]

Flight ID(1.) Aircraft Date Pilot Mach Altitude (m) Speed (km/h)
1 1-1-5 56-6670 June 8, 1959 Scott Crossfield 0.79 11,445 840
2 2-1-3 56-6671 September 17, 1959 Scott Crossfield 2.11 15,954 2,242
3 2-2-6 56-6671 October 17, 1959 Scott Crossfield 2.15 18,831 2,284
4 2-3-9 56-6671 November 5, 1959 Scott Crossfield 1.00 13,857 1,062
5 1-2-7 56-6670 January 23, 1960 Scott Crossfield 2.53 20,374 2,686
6 2-4-11 56-6671 February 11, 1960 Scott Crossfield 2.22 26,858 2,359
7 2-5-12 56-6671 February 17, 1960 Scott Crossfield 1.57 16,045 1,667
8 2-6-13 56-6671 March 17, 1960 Scott Crossfield 2.15 16,045 2,284
9 1-3-8 56-6670 March 25, 1960 Joe Walker 2.00 14,822 2,124
10 2-7-15 56-6671 March 29, 1960 Scott Crossfield 1.96 15,235 2,081
11 2-8-16 56-6671 March 31, 1960 Scott Crossfield 2.03 15,653 2,157
12 1-4-9 56-6670 April 13, 1960 Robert M. White 1.90 14,630 2,018
13 1-5-10 56-6670 April 19, 1960 Joe Walker 2.56 18,134 2,718
14 1-6-11 56-6670 May 6, 1960 Robert M. White 2.20 18,574 1,689
15 1-7-12 56-6670 May 12, 1960 Joe Walker 3.19 23,738 3,397
16 1-8-13 56-6670 May 19, 1960 Robert M. White 2.31 33,222 2,559
17 2-9-18 56-6671 May 26, 1960 Scott Crossfield 2.20 15,631 2,337
18 1-9-17 56-6670 August 4, 1960 Joe Walker 3.31 23,809 3,533
19 1-10-19 56-6670 August 12, 1960 Robert M. White 2.52 41,605 2,852
20 1-11-21 56-6670 August 19, 1960 Joe Walker 3.13 23,159 3,196
21 1-12-23 56-6670 September 10, 1960 Robert M. White 3.23 24,343 3,512
22 1-13-25 56-6670 September 23, 1960 Forrest S. Petersen 1.68 16,168 1,783
23 1-14-27 56-6670 October 20, 1960 Forrest S. Petersen 1.94 16,398 2,060
24 1-15-28 56-6670 October 28, 1960 John B. McKay 2.02 15,453 2,145
25 1-16-29 56-6670 November 4, 1960 Robert Rushworth 1.95 14,905 1,287
26 2-10-21 56-6671 November 15, 1960 Scott Crossfield 2.97 24,750 3,154
27 1-17-30 56-6670 November 17, 1960 Robert Rushworth 1.90 16,688 2,018
28 2-11-22 56-6671 November 22, 1960 Scott Crossfield 2.51 18,867 2,665
29 1-18-31 56-6670 November 30, 1960 Neil Armstrong 1.75 14,886 1,859
30 2-12-23 56-6671 December 6, 1960 Scott Crossfield 2.85 16,268 3,027
31 1-19-32 56-6670 December 9, 1960 Neil Armstrong 1.80 15,269 1,912
32 1-20-35 56-6670 February 1, 1961 John B. McKay 1.88 15,173 1,949
33 1-21-36 56-6670 February 7, 1961 Robert M. White 3.50 23,820 3,661
34 2-13-26 56-6671 March 7, 1961 Robert M. White 4.43 23,607 4,675
35 2-14-28 56-6671 March 30, 1961 Joe Walker 3.95 51,694 4,442
36 2-15-29 56-6671 April 21, 1961 Robert M. White 4.62 32,004 4,947
37 2-16-31 56-6671 May 25, 1961 Joe Walker 4.95 32,766 5,322
38 2-17-33 56-6671 June 23, 1961 Robert M. White 5.27 32,827 5,798
39 1-22-37 56-6670 August 10, 1961 Forrest S. Petersen 4.11 23,835 4,402
40 2-18-34 56-6671 September 12, 1961 Joe Walker 5.21 34,839 5,823
41 2-19-35 56-6671 September 28, 1961 Forrest S. Petersen 5.30 31,029 5,794
42 1-23-39 56-6670 October 4, 1961 Robert Rushworth 4.30 23,774 4,554
43 2-20-36 56-6671 October 11, 1961 Robert M. White 5.21 66,142 5,869
44 1-24-40 56-6670 October 17, 1961 Joe Walker 5.74 33,101 6,276
45 2-21-37 56-6671 November 9, 1961 Robert M. White 6.04 30,968 6,587
46 3-1-2 56-6672 December 20, 1961 Neil Armstrong 3.76 24,689 4,027
47 1-25-44 56-6670 January 10, 1962 Forrest S. Petersen 0.97 13,640 1,038
48 3-2-3 56-6672 January 17, 1962 Neil Armstrong 5.51 40,691 6,059
49 3-3-7 56-6672 April 5, 1962 Neil Armstrong 4.12 54,864 4,587
50 1-26-46 56-6670 April 19, 1962 Joe Walker 5.69 46,939 6,222
51 3-4-8 56-6672 April 20, 1962 Neil Armstrong 5.31 63,246 6,098
52 1-27-48 56-6670 April 30, 1962 Joe Walker 4.94 75,194 5,615
53 2-22-40 56-6671 May 8, 1962 Robert Rushworth 5.34 21,458 5,671
54 1-28-49 56-6670 May 22, 1962 Robert Rushworth 5.03 30,602 5,552
55 2-23-43 56-6671 June 1, 1962 Robert M. White 5.42 40,416 5,914
56 1-29-50 56-6670 June 7, 1962 Joe Walker 5.39 31,577 5,910
57 3-5-9 56-6672 June 12, 1962 Robert M. White 5.02 56,266 5,660
58 3-6-10 56-6672 June 21, 1962 Robert M. White 5.08 75,194 5,860
59 1-30-51 56-6670 June 27, 1962 Joe Walker 5.92 37,704 6,605
60 2-24-44 56-6671 June 29, 1962 John B. McKay 4.95 25,359 5,279
61 1-31-52 56-6670 July 16, 1962 Joe Walker 5.57 32,675 5,913
62 3-7-14 56-6672 July 17, 1962 Robert M. White 5.45 95,936 6,167
63 2-25-45 56-6671 July 19, 1962 John B. McKay 5.18 25,984 5,591
64 1-32-53 56-6670 July 26, 1962 Neil Armstrong 5.74 30,145 6,420
65 3-8-16 56-6672 August 2, 1962 Joe Walker 5.07 44,044 5,533
66 2-26-46 56-6671 August 8, 1962 Robert Rushworth 4.40 27,699 4,736
67 3-9-18 56-6672 August 14, 1962 Joe Walker 5.25 59,009 6,030
68 2-27-47 56-6671 August 20, 1962 Robert Rushworth 5.24 27,097 5,687
69 2-28-48 56-6671 August 29, 1962 Robert Rushworth 5.12 29,627 5,547
70 2-29-50 56-6671 September 28, 1962 John B. McKay 4.22 20,787 4,450
71 3-10-19 56-6672 October 4, 1962 Robert Rushworth 5.17 34,199 5,621
72 2-30-51 56-6671 October 9, 1962 John B. McKay 5.46 39,685 5,980
73 3-11-20 56-6672 October 23, 1962 Robert Rushworth 5.47 40,996 5,980
74 2-31-52 56-6671 November 9, 1962 John B. McKay 1.49 16,444 1,640
75 3-12-22 56-6672 December 14, 1962 Robert M. White 5.65 43,099 6,022
76 3-13-23 56-6672 December 20, 1962 Joe Walker 5.73 48,890 6,104
77 3-14-24 56-6672 January 17, 1963 Joe Walker 5.47 82,814 5,918
78 1-33-54 56-6670 April 11, 1963 Robert Rushworth 4.25 22,677 4,609
79 3-15-25 56-6672 April 18, 1963 Joe Walker 5.51 28,194 6,067
80 1-34-55 56-6670 April 25, 1963 John B. McKay 5.32 32,156 5,881
81 3-16-26 56-6672 May 2, 1963 Joe Walker 4.73 63,825 5,613
82 3-17-28 56-6672 May 14, 1963 Robert Rushworth 5.20 29,139 5,794
83 1-35-56 56-6670 May 15, 1963 John B. McKay 5.57 37,856 6,206
84 3-18-29 56-6672 May 29, 1963 Joe Walker 5.52 28,042 6,209
85 3-19-30 56-6672 June 18, 1963 Robert Rushworth 4.97 68,184 5,695
86 1-36-57 56-6670 June 25, 1963 Joe Walker 5.51 34,077 6,294
87 3-20-31 56-6672 June 27, 1963 Robert Rushworth 4.89 86,868 5,512
88 1-37-59 56-6670 July 9, 1963 Joe Walker 5.07 69,007 5,844
89 1-38-61 56-6670 July 18, 1963 Robert Rushworth 5.63 31,943 6,317
90 3-21-32 56-6672 July 19, 1963 Joe Walker 5.50 106,009 5,971
91 3-22-36 56-6672 August 22, 1963 Joe Walker 5.58 107,960 6,106
92 1-39-63 56-6670 October 7, 1963 Joseph H. Engle 4.21 23,713 4,561
93 1-40-64 56-6670 October 29, 1963 Milt Thompson 4.10 22,677 4,365
94 3-23-39 56-6672 November 7, 1963 Robert Rushworth 4.40 25,085 4,707
95 1-41-65 56-6670 November 14, 1963 Joseph H. Engle 4.75 27,676 5,288
96 3-24-41 56-6672 November 27, 1963 Milt Thompson 4.94 27,371 5,327
97 1-42-67 56-6670 December 5, 1963 Robert Rushworth 6.06 30,785 6,466
98 1-43-69 56-6670 January 8, 1964 Joseph H. Engle 5.32 42,642 5,819
99 3-25-42 56-6672 January 16, 1964 Milt Thompson 4.92 21,641 5,217
100 1-44-70 56-6670 January 28, 1964 Robert Rushworth 5.34 32,736 5,823
101 3-26-43 56-6672 February 19, 1964 Milt Thompson 5.29 23,957 5,663
102 3-27-44 56-6672 March 13, 1964 John B. McKay 5.11 23,165 5,459
103 1-45-72 56-6670 March 27, 1964 Robert Rushworth 5.63 30,937 6,159
104 1-46-73 56-6670 April 8, 1964 Joseph H. Engle 5.01 53,340 5,581
105 1-47-74 56-6670 April 29, 1964 Robert Rushworth 5.72 30,968 6,286
106 3-28-47 56-6672 May 12, 1964 John B. McKay 4.66 22,189 4,963
107 1-48-75 56-6670 May 19, 1964 Joseph H. Engle 5.02 59,680 5,623
108 3-29-48 56-6672 May 21, 1964 Milt Thompson 2.90 19,568 3,001
109 2-32-55 56-6671 June 25, 1964 Robert Rushworth 4.59 25,390 4,995
110 1-49-77 56-6670 June 30, 1964 John B. McKay 4.96 30,358 5,366
111 3-30-50 56-6672 July 8, 1964 Joseph H. Engle 5.05 51,938 5,665
112 3-31-52 56-6672 July 29, 1964 Joseph H. Engle 5.38 23,774 5,831
113 3-32-53 56-6672 August 12, 1964 Milt Thompson 5.24 23,774 5,831
114 2-33-56 56-6671 August 14, 1964 Robert Rushworth 5.23 31,486 5,778
115 3-33-54 56-6672 August 26, 1964 John B. McKay 5.65 27,737 6,217
116 3-34-55 56-6672 September 3, 1964 Milt Thompson 5.35 23,957 5,818
117 3-35-57 56-6672 September 28, 1964 Joseph H. Engle 5.59 29,566 6,257
118 2-34-57 56-6671 September 29, 1964 Robert Rushworth 5.20 29,809 5,700
119 1-50-79 56-6670 October 15, 1964 John B. McKay 4.56 25,878 4,905
120 3-36-59 56-6672 October 30, 1964 Milt Thompson 4.66 25,786 5,010
121 2-35-60 56-6671 November 30, 1964 John B. McKay 4.66 26,579 4,971
122 3-37-60 56-6672 December 9, 1964 Milt Thompson 5.42 28,164 5,992
123 1-51-81 56-6670 December 10, 1964 Joseph H. Engle 5.35 34,503 5,914
124 3-38-61 56-6672 December 22, 1964 Robert Rushworth 5.55 24,750 5,782
125 3-39-62 56-6672 January 13, 1965 Milt Thompson 5.48 30,297 5,974
126 3-40-63 56-6672 February 2, 1965 Joseph H. Engle 5.71 29,931 6,252
127 2-36-63 56-6671 February 17, 1965 Robert Rushworth 5.27 28,986 5,695
128 1-52-85 56-6670 February 26, 1965 John B. McKay 5.40 46,817 5,958
129 1-53-86 56-6670 March 26, 1965 Robert Rushworth 5.17 31,059 5,761
130 3-41-64 56-6672 April 23, 1965 Joseph H. Engle 5.48 24,293 5,885
131 2-37-64 56-6671 April 28, 1965 John B. McKay 4.80 28,224 5,246
132 2-38-66 56-6671 May 18, 1965 John B. McKay 5.17 31,120 5,699
133 1-54-88 56-6670 May 25, 1965 Milt Thompson 4.87 54,803 5,501
134 3-42-65 56-6672 May 28, 1965 Joseph H. Engle 5.17 63,886 6,041
135 3-43-66 56-6672 June 16, 1965 Joseph H. Engle 4.69 74,585 5,478
136 1-55-89 56-6670 June 17, 1965 Milt Thompson 5.14 33,071 5,699
137 2-39-70 56-6671 June 22, 1965 John B. McKay 5.64 47,518 6,338
138 3-44-67 56-6672 June 29, 1965 Joseph H. Engle 4.94 85,527 5,523
139 2-40-72 56-6671 July 8, 1965 John B. McKay 5.19 64,800 5,889
140 3-45-69 56-6672 July 20, 1965 Robert Rushworth 5.40 32,126 6,051
141 2-41-73 56-6671 August 3, 1965 Robert Rushworth 5.16 63,612 5,797
142 1-56-93 56-6670 August 6, 1965 Milt Thompson 5.15 31,455 5,687
143 3-46-70 56-6672 August 10, 1965 Joseph H. Engle 5.20 82,601 5,713
144 1-57-96 56-6670 August 25, 1965 Milt Thompson 5.11 65,258 5,800
145 3-47-71 56-6672 August 26, 1965 Robert Rushworth 4.79 73,030 5,427
146 2-42-74 56-6671 September 2, 1965 John B. McKay 5.16 73,091 5,745
147 1-58-97 56-6670 September 9, 1965 Robert Rushworth 5.16 29,627 5,687
148 3-48-72 56-6672 September 14, 1965 John B. McKay 5.03 72,847 5,663
149 1-59-98 56-6670 September 22, 1965 Robert Rushworth 5.18 30,571 5,713
150 3-49-73 56-6672 September 28, 1965 John B. McKay 5.33 90,099 6,006
151 1-60-99 56-6670 September 30, 1965 Pete Knight 4.06 23,348 4,374
152 3-50-74 56-6672 October 12, 1965 Pete Knight 4.62 28,773 5,002
153 1-61-101 56-6670 October 14, 1965 Joseph H. Engle 5.08 81,229 5,720
154 3-51-75 56-6672 October 27, 1965 John B. McKay 5.06 72,207 5,663
155 2-43-75 56-6671 November 3, 1965 Robert Rushworth 2.31 21,519 2,414
156 1-62-103 56-6670 November 4, 1965 Bill Dana 4.22 24,445 4,450
157 1-63-104 56-6670 May 6, 1966 John B. McKay 2.21 20,848 2,308
158 2-44-79 56-6671 May 18, 1966 Robert Rushworth 5.43 30,175 5,937
159 2-45-81 56-6671 July 1, 1966 Robert Rushworth 1.70 13,655 1,708
160 1-64-107 56-6670 July 12, 1966 Pete Knight 5.34 39,624 5,892
161 3-52-78 56-6672 July 18, 1966 Bill Dana 4.71 29,291 5,177
162 2-46-83 56-6671 July 21, 1966 Pete Knight 5.12 58,613 5,742
163 1-65-108 56-6670 July 28, 1966 John B. McKay 5.19 73,701 5,958
164 2-47-84 56-6671 August 3, 1966 Pete Knight 5.03 75,895 5,536
165 3-53-79 56-6672 August 4, 1966 Bill Dana 5.34 40,447 5,943
166 1-66-111 56-6670 August 11, 1966 John B. McKay 5.21 76,505 5,778
167 2-48-85 56-6671 August 12, 1966 Pete Knight 5.02 70,439 5,588
168 3-54-80 56-6672 August 19, 1966 Bill Dana 5.20 54,254 5,805
169 1-67-112 56-6670 August 25, 1966 John B. McKay 5.11 78,486 5,702
170 2-49-86 56-6671 August 30, 1966 William H. Knight 5.21 30,541 5,702
171 1-68-113 56-6670 September 8, 1966 John B. McKay 2.44 22,311 2,578
172 3-55-82 56-6672 September 14, 1966 Bill Dana 5.12 77,480 5,771
173 1-69-116 56-6670 October 6, 1966 Mike Adams 3.00 22,982 3,182
174 3-56-83 56-6672 November 1, 1966 Bill Dana 5.46 93,543 6,035
175 2-50-89 56-6671 November 18, 1966 Pete Knight 6.33 30,145 6,840
176 3-57-86 56-6672 November 29, 1966 Mike Adams 4.65 28,042 5,021
177 1-70-119 56-6670 March 22, 1967 Mike Adams 5.59 40,569 6,151
178 3-58-87 56-6672 April 26, 1967 Bill Dana 1.80 16,276 1,872
179 1-71-121 56-6670 April 28, 1967 Mike Adams 5.44 50,963 5,987
180 2-51-92 56-6671 May 8, 1967 Pete Knight 4.75 29,748 5,139
181 3-59-89 56-6671 May 17, 1967 Bill Dana 4.80 21,671 5,113
182 1-72-125 56-6670 June 15, 1967 Mike Adams 5.14 69,891 5,803
183 3-60-90 56-6672 June 22, 1967 Bill Dana 5.34 25,055 5,811
184 1-73-126 56-6670 June 29, 1967 Pete Knight 4.17 52,730 4,619
185 3-61-91 56-6672 July 20, 1967 Bill Dana 5.44 25,695 5,943
186 2-52-96 56-6671 August 21, 1967 Pete Knight 4.94 27,737 5,420
187 3-62-92 56-6672 August 25, 1967 Mike Adams 4.63 25,725 5,013
188 2-53-97 56-6671 October 3, 1967 Pete Knight 6.70 31,120 7,274
189 3-63-94 56-6672 October 4, 1967 Bill Dana 5.53 76,535 6,272
190 3-64-95 56-6672 October 17, 1967 Pete Knight 5.53 85,496 6,227
191 3-65-97 56-6672 November 15, 1967 Mike Adams 5.20 81,077 5,821
192 1-74-130 56-6670 March 1, 1968 Bill Dana 4.36 31,852 4,632
193 1-75-133 56-6670 April 4, 1968 Bill Dana 5.27 57,150 5,810
194 1-76-134 56-6670 April 26, 1968 Pete Knight 5.05 63,886 5,705
195 1-77-136 56-6670 June 12, 1968 Bill Dana 5.15 67,086 5,734
196 1-78-138 56-6670 July 16, 1968 Pete Knight 4.79 67,513 5,443
197 1-79-139 56-6670 August 21, 1968 Bill Dana 4.79 81,534 5,541
198 1-80-140 56-6670 September 13, 1968 Pete Knight 5.37 77,450 5,992
199 1-81-141 56-6670 October 24, 1968 Bill Dana 5.38 77,724 5,980
  • (1.) ID - The X-15 program used a 3-digit ID code to record information.
    • The first digit represents the specific X-15 flown. 1 = X-15-1, 2 = X-15-2 or X-15-2A, 3 = X-15-3.
    • The second digit represents the number of the specific X-15. This is for free flights only. Captive flights used a "C" in the second position. If a free flight resulted in an aborted launch, the second digit was represented by an "A".
    • The third digit represents the total number of times that specific X-15 had been carried aloft by either NB-52. This number incremented for each captive-carry, abort, and actual release.

Only X-15 free flights are shown on the above list.

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