"The X-15 Rocket Plane" presentation

This event often includes a

X-15 Presentations

"The X-15 Rocket Plane" talk

57. 18 Nov, 2017 Michael Adams 50th Anniversary, Ridgecrest, CA (TBD)

56. Sep, 2017 U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO (TBD)

55. 26 Aug. 2017 Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA (14:00)

54. 10 Jun. 2017 Spacefest VIII X-15 Panel, Tucson , AZ (16:30)

53. 9 Jun. 2017 Spacefest VIII, Tucson, AZ (13:30)

52. 28 Apr. 2017 AIAA-Rocky Mountain, Littleton, CO (19:00)

51. 12 Apr. 2017 Carnegie Library, Upland, CA (18:30)

50. 28 Mar. 2017 AIAA-Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, FL (18:00)

49. 11 Feb. 2017 Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson, AZ (13:30)

48. 17 Dec. 2016 Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA (13:00)

47. 26 Oct. 2016 AIAA-Los Angeles AFB, Manhattan Beach, CA (19:00)

46. 18 Oct. 2016 AIAA-Central Florida, Orlando, FL (19:00)

45. 29 Sep. 2016 AIAA-Sacramento, Sacramento, CA (19:30)

44. 12 Jun. 2016 Spacefest VII, Tucson, AZ (Space History panel) (10:30)

43. 10 Jun. 2016 Spacefest VII, Tucson, AZ (13:30)

42. 17 May 2016 AIAA-Atlanta, Marietta, GA (19:30)

41. 29 Apr. 2016 University of Minnesota/AIAA, Minneapolis, MN (17:00)

40. 25 Mar. 2016 Aero-Space Club, Laguna Woods, CA (12:30)

39. 4 Feb. 2016 Florida Institute of Technology/AIAA, Melbourne, FL (18:30)

38. 25 Jan. 2016 Irvine Valley College Alumni Association, Irvine, CA (18:00)

37. 13 Jan. 2016 North American/ Aviation Engineers, Los Angeles, CA (12:30)

36. 6 Nov. 2015 AIAA Las Vegas, Henderson, NV (18:00)

35. 5 Nov. 2015 University of Nevada (UNLV), Las Vegas, NV (14:30)

34. 12 Oct. 2015 Men's Club St. Jude, Westlake Village, CA (19:00)

33. 29 Aug. 2015 OASIS, National Space Society, Inglewood, CA (15:30)

32. 1 Aug. 2015 Cypress Public Library, Cypress CA (14:30)

31. 18 Jun. 2015 AIAA Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (19:30)

30. 14 May 2015 Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest, CA (19:30)

29. 13 May 2015 Historical Society of the Mojave, Ridgecrest, CA (19:00)

28. 20 Feb. 2015 Red Barons, Torrance, CA (13:00)

27. 31 Jan. 2015 Katie Wheeler Library, Irvine, CA (14:00)

26. 18 Oct. 2014 Western Museum of Flight, Torrance, CA (11:00)

25. 12 Oct. 2014 Beatty Museum, Beatty, NV (15:00)

24. 11 Oct. 2014 Central Nevada Museum, Tonopah, NV (15:00)

23. 3 Oct. 2014 Orange County Astronomers, Orange, CA (19:30)

22. 13 Sep. 2014 Tustin Public Library, Tustin, CA (14:00)

21. 12 Jun. 2014 Association of Naval Aviation, Garden Grove, CA (11:00)

20. 21 May 2014 AIAA San Francisco, Mountain View, CA (19:30)

19. 18 May 2014 Opera House, Randsburg, CA (15:00)

18. 18 May 2014 Michael Adams Memorial Re-Dedication (11:00)

17. 17 May 2014 AIAA China Lake, Ridgecrest, CA (18:30)

16. 10 May 2014 Spacefest VI, Pasadena, CA (Outward Odyssey) (14:00)

15. 9 May 2014 Spacefest VI, Pasadena, CA (14:00)

14. 26 Apr. 2014 Columbia Memorial Space Center, Downey, CA (13:00)

13. 8 Apr. 2014 Vernon P. Saxon Aerospace Museum, Boron, CA (12:00)

12. 15 Mar. 2014 Experimental Aircraft Association, Compton, CA (09:30)

11. 13 Mar. 2014 AIAA Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA (18:00)

10. 13 Mar. 2014 Scaled Composites, Mojave, CA (11:30)

09. 25 Jan. 2014 Rancho Santa Margarita Library, RSM, CA (15:00)

08. 21 Jan. 2014 Fullerton Airport Pilots Association, Fullerton, CA (19:45)

07. 218 Nov. 2013 Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA (19:30)

06. 22 Oct. 2013 AIAA, Orange County, Huntington Beach, CA (18:30)

05. 6 Oct. 2013 Weisbrod Air Museum, Pueblo, CO (14:00)

04. 26 Nov. 2011 LosCon 38, Los Angeles, CA (11:30)

03. 1993 Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Santa Barabara, CA (14:00)

02. 9 Jun. 1989 Rockwell Family Night, Downey, CA (19:00)

01. 23 Jul. 1987 Vandenberg AFB Space Week, Lompoc, CA (10:00)


Program Synopsis


With the Soviet Union’s launch

Ms. Evans’ presentation focuses on

Beyond the X-15 are the

In her research, Ms. Evans


Author Biography


Michelle Evans is the founder

Michelle's background in aerospace engineering

Her current work with Mach

Michelle is excited about the


Comments from people who have seen the X-15 presentation

“Your talk is worth an 800-mile round trip drive!”

—Francis, Pima Air & Space Museum

I did not expect to be so fascinated by the stories of the pilots and the people involved in the program, rather than the hardware."

—Jay, Palm Springs Air Museum

“Thank you again for the marvelous talk. What a fascinating period of history.”

—Laura, Griffith Observatory

“I learned more about the X-15 in an hour than most people learn in a lifetime!”

—Marty, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Las Vegas

“Your presentation was comprehensive while still being accessible to those listeners that walked in with little to no background knowledge about the X-15. The mix of technical information and challenges, along with the personal stories of the people involved, really made the entire lecture a hit with our audience.”

—Greg, Palm Springs Air Museum

“Your lecture was wonderful! You really know your stuff and I am very impressed as were many people. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge with us.”

—Lisa, Griffith Observatory

“I really enjoyed your presentation and getting to meet you. It was a fantastic evening and you had me and the rest of the audience enthralled in your stories.”

—Stephanie, AIAA San Francisco

"It was an enthusiastic group and one of the larger turnouts we've had for a speaker in a while."

—Jeff, AIAA China Lake

“It was terrific; we really enjoyed it.”

—Jerry, AIAA Orange County

“Your talk was so entertaining. Thank you for sharing it with us!”

—Jenny, Rancho Santa Margarita Library

“Thank you again for attending and giving a great presentation.”

—Eric, AIAA San Francisco

“Great job today.  Kept everyone's interest.”

—Tim, Association of Naval Aviation

"Both Michelle Evans' book and presentation bring to life an often overlooked yet dynamic and exciting moment in history. By making complex technology clearly understandable and telling the story through the lives of intriguing personalities at the heart of the action, I felt like I was there."

—Francis French, San Diego Air & Space Museum

“Thanks so much for taking the time to come and speak to our section. It was a very fun and interesting talk.”

—Watson, AIAA San Francisco

“Thanks for your participation. You make us look good!”

—Kim, Spacefest

Preparing to start a presentation.

"Your talk did live up to our expectations.  I think the audience appreciated it very much.  I know I did.”

—Jim, AIAA Orange County

"Attendees came away with an appreciation of what might have been a more incremental route to space, as well as the people who made it happen.”

—Seth, AIAA Los Angeles, National Space Society Ambassador

The "Outward Odyssey" Team

Authors from the series: "Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight" at Spacefest VI on 10 May 2014

(L-R) Rob Taylor, University of Nebraska Press. Jay Gallentine, "Ambassadors from Earth." Michelle Evans, "The X-15 Rocket Plane." Francis French, "Into That Silent Sea" and "In the Shadow of the Moon." Amy Shira Teitel. Robert Pearlman and Geoffrey Bowman, "Footprints in the Dust." David Hitt, "Homesteading Space." Heather Smith "Bold They Rise" (written with David Hitt). Rick Houston, "Wheels Stop."

Not shown from Outward Odyssey are Colin Burgess (Series Editor and author), Chris Gainor, "To A Distant Day." Chris Dubbs, "Realizing Tomorrow."