If you'd like this slightly enhanced edition, choose "With friction glow".
Prints are signed by the artist
Signed Open Edition Giclée Prints....$100
Choose from two editions - with friction glow or without!
20" x 30"
Printed on high quality, acid-free archival matte paper
The X-15 was designed to explore hypersonic speeds in excess of Mach 6 and altitudes over 300,000 feet. The aircraft was powered by a rocket engine dubbed "the million horsepower engine". There were three X-15 aircraft built and they were flown from 1959 though 1968.
On August 22, 1963, flying the number 3 aircraft, pilot Joe Walker set a new altitude record of 354,000 feet. Such altitudes are considered above Earth's atmosphere. For this reason many of the X-15 pilots were awarded astronaut pins. Sadly, Joe Walker lost his life when the F-104 Starfighter he was flying collided with another high performance aircraft, the XB-70 Valkyrie. Both aircraft were lost.
Note: The a copyright watermark is not present on the actual print.
Prints are signed by the artist and feature an extra 1" border to allow for matting and framing.