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"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
I learned more from this book that I ever wanted to know about the X-15 planes and the flight test programs that involved them. Everything, from the preparation of the pilots, to the ground environment, to the design, development, and qualification of the planes, to research conducted with them, the tie-ins to the Gemini, Apollo, and Dyna-Soar programs, everything.
Very easy to read. Even the technical chapters I found easier to read than a lot of engineering stuff I have to read for my job.
Just shows what pioneers these people were. We are in their debt.
This book is an incredible history of every aspect of the X-15 program. 700 pages of detail makes it a bit more of an historical document then a great read. Don't it me wrong it is a pretty good read, I'm glad I read it and I wish there were more books of it's type. Comprehensive is the word that comes to mind. Incredibly comprehensive.
A plane from my era with the United States Air Force. I saw one when it landed Kirtland AFB in the 60's. When I took of into the setting sun we were all blown away with the sight and sound. To read this book and see the amount of work load on the crew and mechanic showed that the plane Kelly Johnson designed with a slide rule would rule the skies for its life time. There will never be another plane to compare with this machine or the man that designed it.
I remember the X-15 while growing up. It was the prelude to the manned space program and ran concurrent with Projects Mercury and Gemini. This book is by far the most detailed history of the X-15 program that I have found. It describes in explicit detail all the trials, false starts, successes and failure of the program. If you are at all interested in early hypersonic flight, then this is the book for you! Highly recommended!
To start with, this is a very interesting book but only for those who like the technical side of the story. I never read a so complete work about an aircraftl, military, commercial or prject, like the X 15. It is so complete and full of details that it can be read almost like a novel. Indeed has many information, perhaps too many and I skipped some parts about the experiments and structure plannimg, but all the history of the XL 99 rocket engine is excellent.
Having seen the X-15 several times as a child, this book was a good reference to learn. There are stats and tables included with some pictures. I would have enjoyed some personal accounts of the brave man that rode this machine and what it felt like when the plane was dropped from the wing of the B-52. Still, I learned ,much that I did not know.
This book goes into great depth on the X-15 program. As a retired engineer, I loved it. Maybe too technical and detailed for the average reader. I would have liked a little less of the government politics surrounding the program, but all in all a great book. I followed the program with great interest as a kid, but had no idea how much effort went into it.