Topic: NASA and US Air Force X-15 rocketplane pilots
E2M Lem Man Member
Posts: 793 From: Los Angeles CA. USA Registered: Jan 2005
posted 08-28-2012 12:23 PM
Sadly, Neil Armstrong's passing now means that only two out of 12 North American X-15 pilots are left. Bill Dana and the recent birthday boy (Aug. 26) Joe Engle.
Rick Boos Member
Posts: 828 From: Celina,Ohio U.S.A. Registered: Feb 2000
posted 08-28-2012 07:55 PM
That is sad, but I sure am glad that I grew up during this era and was privileged to have seen all this unfold, and equally grateful to have been privileged to met and become friends with these great men! What an exciting time to have been born! Test piloting at it's best, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and so on......WOW!
Posts: 1330 From: Huntington Beach Registered: Feb 2000
posted 08-29-2012 09:05 AM
That hits hard. I miss those guys. The local gatherings don't shine quite as bright as they used to.