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LM-12
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posted 04-09-2014 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most of the X-15 flights landed on the dry lakebeds at Edwards Air Force Base.

Some X-15 flights had to make emergency landings at more remote lakebeds in California and Nevada. How did they get those aircraft back to Edwards? Did they use flatbed trailers? Was there a special trailer built for that purpose?

Jurg Bolli
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posted 04-11-2014 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, they used trucks, and the book "Hypersonic" by Dennis Jenkins and Tony Landis has photos of these transports.

By the way, this book is fabulous and a great reference for all things X-15.

albatron
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posted 04-16-2014 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jurg, that is an excellent tome on the X-15, and he and Tony Landis did an awesome job on it.

Dennis Jenkins has another one that is more technical but truly the bible for X-15 info.

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