July 17, 1962

 

1962:   Maj Robert White flies X-15 No. 3 with the XLR-99 rocket engine on the first spaceflight by a manned aircraft: Altitude 58.7 miles (314,750 ft.), speed in excess of Mach 6 (3,784 mph). The above photo is before a flight on February 7, 1961.

 

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