Special Bonus Photo Page Links Below

Milton O. Thompson, National Aeronautics & Space Administration. X-15 Pilot No. 9.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

Thompson's emergency landing on Cuddeback Dry Lake: 3-29-48 on 21 May 1964.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

Thompson after 7th flight: 3-34-55 on 3 Sep. 1964.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

Thompson surrounded by Perry Row (right) and Herm Dorn (left): 2 Oct. 1964.

courtesy NASA Headquarters

Armstrong and Thompson shake hands in the Flight Research Center lobby.

courtesy Sheri McKay Lowe collection

Armstrong, Thompson, Peterson, McKay, Butchart, Dana, and Walker.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

Thompson with the X-15 No. 3 replica at Dryden: 1993.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

Thompson was a civilian pilot assigned to the X-20 Dyna-Soar research program.

courtesy Defense Audio Visual Agency

Thompson attempted to water ski on a very wet Rogers Dry Lake, but was thwarted.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

B-52 pilots Fitz Fulton and Jack Allavie.

courtesy Ed Nice collection

Thompson in the M2-F2 cockpit after mating to the B-52's wing pylon.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

Thompson talks with reporters after first M2-F2 flight: 12 Jul. 1966.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

The M2-F1 with the 1963 Pontiac Catalina modified as a tow car.

courtesy Dryden Flight Research Center

The Lifting Body Family: X-24A, M2-F3, and HL-10.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

Aftermath of Bruce Peterson's 16th glide flight in the M2-F2: 10 May 1967.

courtesy Armstrong Flight Research Center

With the popularity of the X-15 in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there were a lot of people who wanted to ride the bandwagon. This included books and movies, models and toys, music and advertising. Below are a selection which gives just a hint of how widespread this practice was at the time. See the special bonus section links at the bottom of this page for more examples.

A colorized lobby card for the movie "X-15." Thompson is on the right.

courtesy author's collection

Original movie poster for "X-15." (1961)

courtesy author's collection

Charles Bronson with X-15 pilot Bob White.

courtesy author's collection

Mary Tyler Moore in "X-15."

courtesy author's collection

The X-15 filming miniature.

courtesy author's collection

The X-15 in "space."

courtesy author's collection

Squadrons of X-15s from "Battle in Outer Space." (1959)

courtesy author's collection

An X-15 fires its nose laser in "Battle in Outer Space."

courtesy author's collection

X-15 featured on cover of Newsweek.

courtesy author's collection

Crossfield featured on cover of Life.

courtesy author's collection

1959 advertisement for Collins Radio.

courtesy author's collection

Kodak X-15 Instamatic advertisement.

courtesy author's collection

"Rocketship X-15."

courtesy author's collection

"Mike Mars Flies the X-15."

courtesy author's collection

"X-15: The NASA Mission Reports."

courtesy author's collection

"The X-15 Rocket Plane."

courtesy author's collection

The X-15 is used as the vehicle of choice by the Weekly World News, sending an astronaut into space for 47 years! Note the launch on the side of an Atlas rocket: 25 Jul 2005.

courtesy author's collection

The X-15 appears in the classic motion picture "2001: A Space Odyssey." (1968)

courtesy Dennis Gilliam collection

Detail of photo at left showing the X-15 model on the shelf behind the actors.

courtesy Dennis Gilliam collection

The X-15 was highlighted in a popular French comic, "Buck Danny."

courtesy author's collection

Billy Bob Thornton was a former X-15 pilot in "The Astronaut Farmer." (2006)

courtesy author's collection

Translation of dialog box for the Buck Danny comic:

"Hello!... Bob here. Engine burnout is complete! I am going to start the descent. I am totally weightless! Visibility is marvelous! You can see from Baja California up to Puget Sound.* I would like to salute..."

 

And the box in the lower left translates to:

* "In the state of Washington, in the north of the USA."

translation courtesy Ray Montgomery and Chris Gamble

Box art for the B-52 with X-15 model from the Revell "Jet Command" series.

courtesy author's collection

A 3D lighted diorama created by friends of the author showing the X-15 mission.

courtesy author's collection

Different artwork for the same Aurora X-15 plastic model kit.

courtesy author's collection

The (Monogram) Revell 1/72nd scale X-15 plastic model kit.

courtesy author's collection

A swing-wing X-15 toy.

courtesy author's collection

U.S. Postal service commemorating the X-15 with a holographic stamp.

courtesy author's collection

A metal "friction-powered" X-15 toy.

courtesy author's collection

Cover art for a record album featuring the X-15.

courtesy author's collection

X-15 No. 1 mockup at the New York World's Fair: 1964.

courtesy author's collection