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2009-09-16 11:03:46

Fifty years ago in 1959, test pilot Scott Crossfield threw the switch to ignite the twin XLR-11 engines of his North American Aviation X-15 rocket plane and begin the storied test program's first powered flight. It was a real kick in the pants. "The drop from the B-52 carrier aircraft was pretty abrupt, and then when you lit that rocket a second or two later you definitely felt it," said Joe Engle, another X-15 test pilot and member of the same exclusive fraternity of flyboys that included...