The X-15 Rocket Plane

Flying the First Wings into Space

by Michelle Evans

 

Table of Contents and Manuscript Progress Report

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List of Illustrations — Completed 24 Aug 11

Foreword — Completed 20 Nov 11

XXXX(by X-15 pilot Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle, USAF, ret.)

Acknowledgements — Completed 31 Jul 11

Introduction — Completed 8 Jan 11

Chapter 1: The Whole Nine Yards — Completed 21 Apr 11

Chapter 2: A Record High — Completed 10 Jun 11

Chapter 3: Gaining Speed — Completed 19 Jun 11

Chapter 4: Naval Engagement — Completed 28 May 11

Chapter 5: Changing Course — Completed 4 May 11

Chapter 6: Straight and Steady — Completed 16 Jul 11

Chapter 7: Skipping Out — Completed 17 May 11

Chapter 8: On A Roll — Completed 31 Mar 11

Chapter 9: Inconel Meets Celluloid — Completed 25 Jul 11

Chapter 10: Fastest Man Alive — Completed 6 Feb 11

Chapter 11: Chasing Experiments — Completed 5 Jul 11

Chapter 12: In the Line of Duty — Completed 8 Mar 11

Chapter 13: Snow at Edwards — Completed 29 Jul 11

Afterword — Completed 30 Jul 11

Glossary — Completed 5 Aug 11

Sources — Completed 6 Aug 11

Supplemental Web-Based Material — Completed 1 Feb 12

XXXXSupplemental Chapter Photographs (431)

XXXXIn the Footsteps of the X-15 Tour Itinerary (pdf)

XXXXFootsteps Tour Maps (pdf)

XXXXX-15 Flight Log (pdf)

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Milestone Dates

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20 Sep 1983 — Decision to write book

(Contacted Dr. Richard Hallion at the Edwards AFB History Office to start X-15 research.)

22 Sep 83 — First Interview

5 Dec 87 — End Phase 1

(Had to abandon plans for nearly 17 years due to health and other difficulties.)

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25 Oct 2004 — Phase 2 Interviews

1 Apr 05 — First contact concerning art

(Thommy Eriksson created all the art used in the book, including the cover.)

12 Jan 08 — Meeting at KPFM

22 May 08 — Proposal Submitted

30 Jan 09 — Proposal Accepted

24 Feb 09 — Contract Signed

24 Nov 09 — Final Interview

6 Aug 11 — Manuscript Completed

21 Jan 12 — Review Completed

4 Apr 12 — Manuscript Accepted

6 Aug 12 — Copyeditor Review

29 Aug 12 — Copyeditor Approval

17 Sep 12 — Cover Design Accepted

27 Nov 12 — UNP Catalog Released

14 Jan 13 — Page Proofs Review

28 Jan 13 — Page Proofs Approval

14 Feb 13 — Index Review

18 Feb 13 — Index Approval

(All author's work on the book was now completed.)

15 Apr 13 — Hardback Publication

17 Apr 13 — Author's Copies Received

 

Total Time

29 years 6 months 27 days

 

1 June 2013 — Kindle edition released

4 July 2014 — Audio edition released

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