NASA Meatball The First Century of Flight: NACA/NASA Contribution to Aeronautics blank graphic 2000–03 space shuttles image
1915 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000–03
bottom graphic—drop shadow bottom graphic—drop shadow bottom graphic—drop shadow
1960 subheader
Axial Compressor Drawing

1959–1969—During this time, 199 flights were made by three X-15 aircraft. On August 22, 1963, flight reached an all-time altitude record of 354,000 feet. On the flight of October 3, 1967, a record speed of Mach 6.7 was reached. This program produced invaluable data on aerodynamic heating, high-temperature materials, reaction controls, and space suits.

The Slotted Throat Picture

1963–1976—Lifting Body Vehicles Research Program. The program consisted of multiple operations that flight-tested the concept of using a vehicle body as compared to wings to generate lift.

previous decade next decade

back to the top


link logosNASA History HomepageSearch NASA History

Updated October 28, 2002
Steve Garber, NASA History Web Curator
For further information, e-mail

Designed by Douglas Ortiz and
edited by Lisa Jirousek
NASA Printing and Design