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SpaceSteve
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From: San Antonio TX, USA
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posted 03-09-2014 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceSteve   Click Here to Email SpaceSteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On 9 Oct 1999, for the 40th anniversary of the X-15 program, 1,500 numbered large envelopes were postmarked and flown over Edwards AFB by Joe Engle. These covers were then signed by the remaining X-15 pilots (Scott Crossfield, Bill Dana, Joe Engle, Pete Knight and Bob White were still alive, as was Neil Armstrong).

My question is this:

Of the 1,500 covers, does anyone know how many were signed by the respective pilots (all the above except Armstrong). Many of the covers I see are only signed by Crossfield, Dana, Engle and Knight; while some are also signed by White.

How difficult is it to find one of these covers signed by all five pilots?

albatron
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posted 03-17-2014 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be difficult to tell how many White signed also, as he would have been added later. The covers were done for the Flight Test Historical Society, and only originally came with the other 4.

Steve Zarelli
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posted 03-17-2014 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What Al said.

I recall adding White to mine through a mail request. I sent him a pencil as well so his signature would match the others.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 03-17-2014 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got a few of them, however, I don't think Gen. White was a prime signer at the time. I do know the individual source of their production for the Flight Test Historical Society at Edwards AFB and will contact him soon.

X-Plane Fan
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posted 04-07-2014 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The FTHF X-15 anniversary covers are relatively easy to find since they were done in such a large quantity. One of only a few done by a private collector is this one:

It doesn't look that special, but it is quite unique since they were not only flown on the NB-52B 1000th flight on 9/16/99 but on the fastest aircraft flying at the time, the SR-71, on 9/27/99 and again on 10/9/99. The reason for being flown twice was that the Blackbird went to 'only' mach 2.7 on the September flight so they were flown again to Mach 3.

SpaceSteve
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posted 04-07-2014 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceSteve   Click Here to Email SpaceSteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you all for your input on the covers. I'll stay on the lookout, and hopefully, I'll find one of the covers with all five pilots' signatures on it.

X-Plane Fan: Thank you for your post and picture of that flown cover. That's another one I'll have to watch for!

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