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Famous X-plane pilot Robert White X-15 dies.
March 29, 2010
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Not many people followed some of these Aircraft flights, while the Mercury Astonauts got the front page news. The unsung heros to many, were the Chuck Yeager's of the winged flight research Aircraft. The X-15 flew many missions and were no more than a little blub in the news buried in the back pages almost unnoticed. My Dad was heavily involved with the Bell X-1, X-1A, X-1B, X-2, and X-5. These evolved into bigger and faster planes like the X-15 made my North American Aviation. All of these aircraft led to the technoloy that made the Space Shuttle possible, and the one thing they had in common(except the X-5 the landed under engine power) was coasting into landings on the drylake at Edwards A/F base.

Pilot Robert White dies; 1st to hit Mach 4, 5, 6
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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The first person to fly a winged aircraft at four, five and six times the speed of sound has died.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert M. White was 85.

NASA says the record-setting test pilot who flew X-15 rocket planes in the 1960s died March 17.

His son, Greg, told the Orlando Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times that White died in his sleep in Orlando, Fla.

White flew in World War II and the Korean War before he became a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base north of Los Angeles, making 16 flights in X-15s. NASA says White was the first to fly a winged craft at Mach 4, 5 and 6.

In 1962, he flew an X-15 more than 59 miles high, earning the Air Force rating of winged astronaut.

White later flew 70 missions in Vietnam and retired in 1981.

March 30, 2010
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May he fly forever more on laughter-silvered wings.

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