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Volume 46 | Issue 5| June 2004


photo: Lakebed Legacies Logo.

Lakebed legacies

It's historically a busy month

June 26, 1954 - The NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station moved from South Base to the northwest corner of the Rogers Dry Lake, just north of Main Base at Edwards.

June 8, 1959 - NB-52B (52-0008) was delivered to the AFFTC for use as a mothership in the X-15 program.

June 8, 1960 - The X-15-3 (56-6672) exploded during a static engine run. Pilot Scott Crossfield escaped unharmed.

June 23, 1961 - Maj. Robert M. White became the first pilot to fly at hypersonic speeds (above Mach 5) during a flight in X-15-2 (56-6671). He achieved a maximum speed of Mach 5.27 (3,603 mph).

June 21, 1962 - During preflight checks, a ground crewman wrote in the frost on the X-15 fuselage: "250,000 OR NO ICE CREAM."   Bob White flew X-15 (56-6672) to 246,700 feet that day.

June 19. 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Edwards Air Force Base, where he toured the flightline, including NASA displays that featured the X-15, M2-F1 lifting body and Lunar Landing Research Vehicle.

June 25, 1964 - Maj. Robert Rushworth piloted the first flight of the X-15A-2.

June 15, 1965 - F-8C (145546) was delivered to NASA FRC for use in the Digital Fly-By-Wire program.

June 16, 1965 - M2-F2 (N803NA) lifting body research aircraft arrived at NASA FRC by truck.

June 29, 1967 - Maj. William J. "Pete" Knight made an emergency landing at Mud Lake, Nev., in X-15-1 (56-6670) following a total electrical power failure in the aircraft.

June 2, 1970 - Bill Dana piloted the first flight of the M2-F3 lifting body.

June 4, 1971 - John Manke piloted the last flight of the X-24A lifting body.