The Insane Engineering of the X-15

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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
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The research for this video took about 4 weeks with the help of the reports, books, research papers, and nasa communications below. Charlie Garcia also kindly lent his expertise in rocket propulsion as a fact checker and advisor for the project. We normally show numbers on screen, but numbers got mixed up during the convoluted writing process and it’s now 12 pm the night before upload and I just can’t bring myself to link them all appropriately, but rest assured that all information in the video comes from one of the fantastic resources linked below.
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[3] hackaday.com/2019/02/13/the-i...
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[5] www.braeunig.us/space/comb-OH.htm
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[8] Page 247 amzn.to/31AG1y0
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[10] www.researchgate.net/profile/...
[11] history.nasa.gov/SP-4230.pdf
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[13] digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/...
[14] www.nasa.gov/pdf/470842main_X...
[15] Page 23 www.nasa.gov/pdf/470842main_X...
[16] Page 440 www.nasa.gov/pdf/470842main_X...
[17] Page 16 apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltex...
[18] page 74 www.nasa.gov/pdf/470842main_X...
[19] history.nasa.gov/x15lect/stru...
[20] www.researchgate.net/publicat...
[21] Haynes 117
[22] Page 440 www.nasa.gov/pdf/470842main_X...
[23] Page 444
[24] appel.nasa.gov/2014/10/16/thi... .

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This is the link to the Armstrong documentary. Well worth the 90 minutes to watch. If you don't have an account you can sign up with the link the description.
Truly deserves the "Insane Engineering" title.
Tony Perri
Your CG skills are getting absurd and I love it. That X-15 overtaking the Blackbird was GORGEOUS
My family really doesn't have only but one hero and that was my grandfather John Everett. He was part of this project every time I see things about the x-15 it makes me grin. Thank you for the video
If they had this tech in the 60s and 70s it really makes you wonder what they are testing now.
Imagine being the guy presenting the idea of this for the first time
John McCall
My father, now having passed away, worked for Gen. Robert White when dad was stationed at 4 ATAF in Ramstein in the mid seventies. He thought highly of Gen. White, not just for his X-15 flights, but as a boss. Some stories involving the dissolution of the marriage and his marriage to Christa were related by my father and mother. Hearing those tales, they remind me that he was as human as you or I.
Bach Nguyen
This man's making whole documentaries at this point. Fantastic work.
The X-15 is such an incredible work of engineering and determination. Respect to the test pilots, especially.
Alexander L
I've always loved the X-15 and so far to date this is the most thorough explanation in graphic detail of the aircraft's systems and mechanisms of thrust and control. I appreciate you taking the time to explain the inner workings of an aircraft I have loved as a child, but never seemed to get the same glory and exposure as the SR-71.
Brilliant! Seriously one of the best short documentaries on the X-15 available. I was a child raised under the thunder of the X-15 and other X Planes in So Cal back in the early 60"s, went on to spend a career in aviation partly because of the fascination with extreme flight. I am an admitted X-15 nut and I'll say again this is a terrific video. Cheers to all involved in its production!
This is on a quality level that is just leaps ahead of anything you typically see on TV. I like the visual presentation as well. Truly great work, I could easily watch an hour or more of this.
Stephen Crouse
I'm sure you've received many thank yous for this video. As an engineer that had an X-15 three wheeler as a boy, you did an outstanding job presenting an understandable detailing of this amazing 60's development of our United States spacecraft endeavors.
The production value of these videos has set a high standard for other TRvid creators. Love your content and the effort!
Nicolas Thorngage
The CG work on this video is absolutely insane, never seen CG this good from an edutainment youtuber. I was sure the video would end with "this great footage was from a new documentary on curiosity stream" but nope
WalterLiddy 14 gün önce
The pursuit of these projects was such an adventure! I love how this is presented, so you can see how every solution brings its own unique problems. The coordinated efforts of all parties in developing the X-15 are staggering, as are the discoveries and achievements that have resulted.
Wow, the amount of engineering involved in this vehicle is mind boggling.
Toshiba Sony
Great video! I enjoyed every second of it! One small detail I noticed - around
ser man
X-15: See u later BlackBird!
Bro, this is not a video, is a INCREDIBLE documentary...
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