X-15: The Hollywood Version
Charles Bronson starred. The Pentagon had a few minor corrections.
- By airspacemag.com
- Air & Space magazine, August 2007
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3. The story relies on quantities of stock footage of the X-2 flights. We realize that there is no other source of footage to make the points required by the story, but the X-2 program ended over two years ago and the aircraft does not exist any longer. The X-15 is now of great interest to the public and will probably be engaged in the contractor demonstration program at the time this picture is released. In this case, fact would overtake fiction and the picture would be out of phase unless the technical advisor who represents the Air Force weighs carefully each bit of dialogue so that the X-2 is used as an airframe only and not identified with its historical flights.
That the chase planes depicted in the script be updated from the F-86 to the F-100F and F-104 to reflect currently used aircraft if the stock footage will allow.
General Holden should be referred to as a Brig. Gen. and Commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center, not Commanding General.
c. Specific changes
Page 9, Scene 9: Should be aileron roll to the left, instead of slow roll.
Page 10, Scene 16: “Hold your position” is impossible, suggest instructions to make a 360-degree turn.
Page 29, Scene 53: NACA should be changed to NASA