X-15 Record Altitude Flight
NASA research pilot Joseph A. Walker flew the X-15 rocket plane to a record altitude of 347,800 feet – nearly 66 miles high – on July 19, 1963. Only a month later, he flew the same X-15 to another unofficial record altitude of 354,300 feet on August 22, 1963 (his last X-15 flight). That record stood for 41 years until exceeded by Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne in October, 2004.
NASA Photo / March 30, 1961
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