The photos on this page were taken in August 2010 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. They were sent to me by Dave Bohlmann because he is worried about the possibility of extensive corrosion. It is becoming very apparent on the Inconel-X skin of the No. 2 X-15, and I share his worry about the loss of this precious artifact.

The X-15A-2 is a piece of aviation and space history, and only one of two surviving examples of this air and space craft. I post the photos to bring awareness of the problem with hope the museum will take notice and do something to prevent further damage from occurring. Attempts, so far, to have anyone at the museum take the problem seriously, have been met with no response. Please contact the museum and demand they do something to correct the situation before it is too late. The museum has said they are looking into the problem, but no evidence of restoration has yet been seen.

The problem is compounded because the dark skin of the X-15 hides the corrosion under normal lighting conditions, so a cursory examination by museum staff will probably reveal nothing. The corrosion only showed up when Dave took these photos using flash, then examined the photos at a later time.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

1100 Spaatz Street

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433

(937) 255-3286