Members of the Adams family, with Maj. Frazier, John Bodylski and X-15 pilot Dana.

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The color guard for the Michael Adams Memorial ceremony: 8 May 2004.

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Neil Armstrong talks of the virtues of the X-15 and its pilots: 23 Aug. 2005.

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Bill Dana waves to the audience after receiving his astronaut wings: 23 Aug. 2005.

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Sheri McKay Lowe (Jack's daughter), Bill Dana, and Jim Walker (Joe's son).

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Armstrong greets his old friend Stan Butchart at Astronaut Wings ceremony.

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White, Dana, Armstrong, and Engle at Astronaut Wings ceremony.

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Three of McKay's eight children at the Wings Ceremony: Charlie, Sheri, and Mark.

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Dave Stoddard and Vince Capasso at X-15 group interview: 3 Nov. 2004.

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Ray White and Frank Fedor at X-15 group interview: 3 Nov. 2004.

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Mark, Charlie, and Milt ("Mac") McKay show off their father's flightsuits: 4 Nov. 2005.

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Robert White at his home in Florida on 23 May 2006.

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Jim Townsend with his LR-99 throttle box: 3 Feb. 2006.

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Mike Adams' brother George (left) and best friend Charles Gerdel (right) 17 Dec. 2004.

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John McTigue with his memento of the X-15: a leftover rear landing skid.

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Bob Hoey shows his X-15 model rocket.

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The expanded Michael Adams Memorial: 3 Nov. 2011.

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At the Adams memorial with Ray Montgomery, Cherie Rabideau, and the author.

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X-15 No. 2 rests on Mud Dry Lake following Rushworth's emergency landing: 2-45-81 on 1 Jul. 1966. Near the same spot more than 38 years later on 19 Dec. 2004.

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The author and her wife Cherie visit the Red Cliffs, the same spot where Sheri and Jim McKay posed with their father, X-15 pilot Jack McKay, more than 50 years previously.

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The SpaceShipOne team following the flight to 367,500 feet: 4 Oct. 2004.

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Paul Allen, SpaceShipOne pilot Brian Binnie, and designer Burt Rutan: 4 Oct. 2004.

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The B-52, with X-15 ready for launch and chase plane close by, reach for the heavens.

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The hypersonic X-15 pierces the rarified atmosphere to penetrate the boundary of space and the edge of aerospace knowledge.

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