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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Page 49, Scene 81: Proper terminology would refer to aircraft number or code name, not “B-52 to control.”
Page 50, Scene 91: Use of check list always requires that the pilot answer with the action taken and not with the word “check” or some other term such as OK, or roger.
Page 70, Scene 146: Terrminology used would probably be “pull her up,” not “lift her off,” since the airplane is already airborne.
Page 71, Scene 153: We believe the reference to pulling stick “as far back as it will go” is incorrect. Obviously, no one in the Air Force Flight Test Center has exact knowledge of the X-15, but the stick travel on most airplanes to pull up is very slight and never back as far as it will go.
Page 73, scene 162: Reference to altitude and % of earth’s atmosphere is incorrect. 95% of the earth’s atmosphere is below 75,000 feet, not 75 miles.
Page 79, Scene 175: It appears impossible to expect a visual sighting considering the distance between the two aircraft.
Page 90. Scene 202: Fuel is not measured in inches. Correct terminology is “minimum fuel.”
Page 91, Scene 208: Two planes flying upside down and side by side during a test operation is rather far fetched and not considered practical.