ARMED FORCES: Old Pro Under Power

O.K., Scott. Looks all right. Let's try. . . Launch light on . . . O.K., here we go with the countdown . . . Three . . . Two . . . One . . .

The B-52 pilot pressed a button. From its nest under the bomber's right wing, the long, black, needle-nosed X-15 dropped free at 38,000 ft. In its instrument-crammed cockpit at that instant, Test Pilot Scott Crossfield started his rocket engines and flashed ahead on the first powered flight of the experimental plane that is designed to take man to the edge of space.

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