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Starfighter1
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posted 02-19-2014 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Starfighter1   Click Here to Email Starfighter1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On November 3, 1960, the X-15-1 was mated to the NB-52B and the X-15-2 was mated to the NB-52A in an attempt to launch both of them on the same day. Bad weather set in and cancelled the attempt for that day.

Does anyone know who the two scheduled pilots were?

cspg
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posted 02-19-2014 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did it ever take place, at a later date? And why launch two planes the same day?

PeterO
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posted 02-19-2014 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Hypersonic, page 84,
On a couple of occasions, the program tried to fly two missions in a single day, but never succeeded. The attempt on 4 November 1960 ended with Bob Rushworth launching Flight 1-16-29, but a faulty APU forced Scott Crossfield to scrub (flight 2-A-20) the first XLR99 flight.
The book's flight log shows that Rushworth was launched from 52-008, the NB-52B. It was Rushworth's first X-15 flight.

Crossfield's X-15 #2 flight did not occur until 15 November.

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posted 02-20-2014 07:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Starfighter1   Click Here to Email Starfighter1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the information/answer.

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