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cspg
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posted 01-18-2009 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight
by Dennis R. Jenkins
  • Hardcover: 681 pages
  • Publisher: NASA (January 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0160792851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0160792854
Note: Although this book is not new, I've never seen, read or heard any information coming out of NASA about this publication (it's not in the NASA History Series, though and thus not published by the History Office); yet it is a SP (Special Publication) book, SP-562.

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posted 01-18-2009 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
I've never seen, read or heard any information coming out of NASA about this publication
October 28, 2008: Extending the Frontiers of Flight: the X-15 Program
Jenkins, author of the recently published "X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight," detailed his premise repeatedly during a colloquium presentation at NASA Dryden Oct. 24, the 40th anniversary of the 199th and last X-15 research flight. Jenkins words found ready acceptance among a group of veteran X-15 engineers, technicians and retired Dryden research pilot Bill Dana, who flew the last X-15 flight 40 years earlier, as well as about 200 Dryden employees who attended.
You can order "X-15" from the NASA HQ Information Center for $45. The book is also available in digital (PDF) format for download.

cspg
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posted 01-18-2009 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info.

Apparently nobody bothered to forward the info to HQ History Office (it's not mentioned in their latest issue of the newsletter, December 08).

The book was briefly mentioned in the May 08 issue but you'll have to dig deep in the text to know about it.

mjanovec
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posted 01-18-2009 02:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This book may be the "bible" on the X-15 program. It's a fantastic and thorough book on the program written by someone with a true passion for flight test research. The fact that this publication has been so hard to find for so long is borderline criminal.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 01-18-2009 03:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An outstanding book which can also be ordered from Roger Launius via Amazon. We're lucky that the X-15 program is covered by so many good books, including this one, At the Edge of Space: The X-15 Flight Program by Milt Thompson, X-15 diary and Always Another Dawn.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 01-18-2009 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dennis Jenkins has done a couple of X-15 books, but this is by far, the most extensive- and as I am a "fan" of the program myself - I heartily recommend this as a "must have" for your collection.

Yes it is extensive and large, but an outstanding book.

albatron
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posted 01-18-2009 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dennis Jenkins and Tony Landis collaborated to put together "Hypesonic". This book is a well suited book for the laymen or causal enthusiast and arguably, the best written for this. And the enthusiast and knowledgable sort as well.

This new book by Dennis, is inarguably, THE Bible for the X-15 program, it's acompaning CD excellent.

Not to take away from other books on the subject at all, but these 2 are the best. Dennis is an engineer for NASA at KSC, Tony works for NASA at Dryden. 2 class acts if ever there were any, and good friends.

I attended the 40th event at Dryden in October. Dennis's talk centered around the "can do" attitude of the X-15 program, and how the crashes, glitches and set backs were not only overcome, but there was never any question of cancelling or delaying the program unnecessarily. He contrasted that with todays Orion, Constellation, et al (that he works on) and how tenuous it is today with an attitude of what? Theres a problem? Lets convene a committee, to decide if we need a committee to investigate the need for a committee.

The next Gathering of Eagles will be October 16th, 2009 in Lancaster, CA. If you're an X-15 enthusiast I would highly recommend attending. Dennis and Tony indicated to me they will be there, as will Bob White, Joe Engle and if he's able, Bill Dana.

Quite possibly the last of the Gatherings for pilots of the Golden Age of Test Flight.

eurospace
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posted 01-19-2009 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gliderpilotuk:
An outstanding book which can also be ordered from Roger Launius via Amazon.
Ordering through amazon.com is also a good option for Europeans: I just placed my order. Including postage, it comes at 56 Euro and some. Not cheap but (hopefully) worth the money.

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 01-19-2009 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read the pdf and I would find it worth the price.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 02-16-2009 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got this book in the mail on Saturday, it is beautifully done and I look forward to reading it. It has only b/w illustrations but a lot of them I have never seen before. Anything about the X-15 is worth $45!

eurospace
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posted 02-16-2009 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check the CD-ROM that is annexed to the book - plenty of still photographs, including some in color.

sev8n
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posted 10-02-2012 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does the softbound edition of this book also include the CD?

tspringer
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posted 10-04-2012 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tspringer   Click Here to Email tspringer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NOTE: Original hard cover versions of this book are still available from the NASA HQ Info Center for the original price.

garymilgrom
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posted 10-04-2012 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only $1.99 for the Kindle version - great value.

tspringer
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posted 10-04-2012 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tspringer   Click Here to Email tspringer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ebook versions are available for FREE from the NASA website. Formats available are Pdf, Mobi and epub which will cover the majority of ereaders.

PeterO
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posted 10-04-2012 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The electronic versions are here.

MOBI is the Kindle format, and Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook and many other readers use EPUB. Virtually all tablets, smartphones and computers can read the PDF format.

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