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GoesTo11
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posted 03-10-2009 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone tell me if there was an insignia, official or otherwise, for the X-15 program?

On page 35 of Dennis Jenkins and Tony Landis' book "Hypersonic" there is a small illustration of a "program patch," with no information or elaboration. I'd never seen it before, and can't locate any period photos showing anyone wearing it.

Can anyone tell me anything about this emblem, or any other vintage patch specific to the X-15 project?

E2M Lem Man
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posted 03-10-2009 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man   Click Here to Email E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was another patch that appeared to look down at the X-15 that Michelle Evans designed, but that came out years later and was not an official patch.

KSCartist
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posted 03-11-2009 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the risk of spraining my arm to pat myself on the back, I've also designed an X-15 patch.

By the way, Michelle's is a great design!

x15gal
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posted 11-24-2010 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for x15gal   Click Here to Email x15gal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, you did a wonderful job on your X-15 commemorative patch. Your skills are exceptional.

The story on the patch that I designed is that during my research on the program, I always asked all those I interviewed if anyone had ever seen a patch. Not one person said that there was a X-15 patch done at the time of the program. Because of that, I decided to sit down and design my own.

Not long after I did that, one of the guys I was interviewing said that he did have a patch, and showed me a copy of the round green patch with the X-15 rising above the Earth. From everything I was able to discover about this patch, it was something that came along well after the program was completed, but it obviously pre-dates mine by some unknown number of years (mine was designed in 1986).

(If anyone can find a photo, or other info, that shows the patch in use during the actual program, it would be greatly appreciated.)

X-Plane Fan
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posted 12-03-2010 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually the original X-15 patch was created back when the X-15 program was active. To my knowledge it was produced in very low numbers (probably less than a dozen).

The only one I've seen that was actually worn was on the jacket of a PSD technician that appears in photos with pilots of the X-15, SR-71 and NF-104 to name a few. Here's a shot taken with Bob Gilliland after the first or second flight of the SR-71A in 1964/65.

albatron
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posted 12-03-2010 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting Tony, thanks. I wasn't aware of that one. Any idea who the USAF guy with Bob Gilliland is?

Gilbert
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posted 12-06-2010 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That photo seems to answer the question of whether or not X-15 patches existed during the program.

spaced out
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posted 12-06-2010 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe that's someone's home-made attempt at a project patch, or maybe it's an unofficial patch someone had made in small numbers.

In any case now that I've seen a photo of it I can understand why it apparently wasn't very popular with pilots or project members at the time.

lucspace
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posted 11-24-2011 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the design shown in "Hypersonic" and the "X-15 Scrapbook" the same that Major Richardson in wearing in the two photos? Could anyone mail me scans of the designs in those books?

I am trying to reconstruct the patch and am unsure about the stars.

Gilbert
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posted 06-05-2013 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received one of Michelle's X-15 program patches. It is beautiful and the quality is excellent. The patch is a great addition to the somewhat limited X-15 collectibles arena.

x15gal
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posted 06-06-2013 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for x15gal   Click Here to Email x15gal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gilbert, Thank you for your comment on the patch (and the postcard). Glad you liked the patch. The company did a wonderful job in their production.

Gonzo
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posted 07-30-2013 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For anyone interested in these, they are awesome patches. Well worth adding to your collection.

lucspace
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posted 05-24-2021 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reproduction of the unofficial X-15 NASA/USAF experimental aircraft program patch. Based on photos of officials and astronaut Joe Engle wearing the original patch.

The patch measures 130 mm across the aircraft: I have not yet found a distributor. © copyright Lucreation 2021

SXPatches
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posted 05-24-2021 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice. What was old is new again! Knowing that this emblem was actually worn is special, and I think the other commemorative designs are equally special.

thisismills
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posted 05-24-2021 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news! Looking forward to purchasing this X-15 program reproduction patch.

Following up on the earlier posts, here is another shot of Ralph Richardson wearing the same jacket in a photo that was recently sold as part of the Armstrong collection.

I do not know the exact date of the photo but it appears that the X-15 patch is not yet sewn on the arm Richardson.

David C
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posted 06-23-2021 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lucspace:
I have not yet found a distributor.

Any progress on this yet?

lucspace
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posted 06-23-2021 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the patch will be available from Skyforce Space Patches soon!

David C
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posted 06-23-2021 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent, looking forward to it.

David C
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posted 07-17-2021 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And just received mine. Great job. Much better than the earlier reproduction seen at the top of this thread.

thisismills
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posted 08-02-2021 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thisismills   Click Here to Email thisismills     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my X-15 patch and let me say it is wonderful.

Thanks again for making this great patch available to us!

lucspace
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posted 09-20-2021 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another original X-15 patch surfaced.

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