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Edwards Air Force Base 1959, 1960 and 1961 Airshows


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Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

May 19, 1959

NB-52A, 52-0003 with X-15, 56-6670 at May 19, 1959 Edwards AFB Open House The North American X-15-2 was making its first public appearance. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

X-15-2, Serial 56-6671, poses with the NB-52A Stratofortress launch aircraft. Link to the history of the Stratofortresses used to launch the X-15s and a variety of other research vehicles. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

Douglas C-133A Cargomaster Serial 54-136 was the second built. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

An old airplane hulk is torched for a Fire fighting demonstration. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

The flying demonstration was brought to an abrupt halt by the crash of an Allouette helicopter. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.


May 17, 1960

NB-52B, 52-0008 with X-15-1, 56-6670 at May 17, 1960 Edwards AFB Open house NB-52B, Serial 52-008 with the X-15-1 Serial 56-6670. Joe Walker had made the first Mach 3 X-15 flight in it on May 12, breaking Mel Apt's record, set in the X-2 in 1955. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

Boeing B-52G refuels from a Boeing KC-135A. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

The other X-15 carrier, NB-52A Serial 52-003 taxis along the flightline. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

The NB-52A was the fifth B-52 built and was retired in 1969. It can now be seen at the Pima Air Museum near Tuscon, Arizona. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

Boeing B-47E Serial 52-221. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

Lockheed F-104A Starfighters. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

The first Northrop T-38A Talons were single seaters. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.


May 16 1961

Lockheed U-2A Serial 56-6701 carried unusually bright markings for a U-2. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

The pogo landing gear of this U-2A can be seen under the wings. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.

Convair YB-58A Hustler Serial 55-662 was the third built. It was later used as a testbed for the engine used in the XB-70A Valkyrie. Photographer: Richard Lockett Sr.


Books about Edwards Air Force Base and the X-15 available from

Edwards Air Force Base : Open House at the USAF Flight Test Center 1957-1966 by Robert D. Archer Edwards Air Force Base : Open House at the USAF Flight Test Center 1957-1966 : A Photo Chronicle of Aircraft Displayed (Schiffer Military History) by Robert D. Archer

Test Colors: The Aircraft of Muroc Army Airfield and Edwards Air Force Base by Rene Francillon Test Colors: The Aircraft of Muroc Army Airfield and Edwards Air Force Base by Rene Francillon

At the Edge of Space : The X-15 Flight Program by Milton O. Thompson. The story of test flying the X-15 from the point of view of the pilot.

Angle of Attack : Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon by Mike Gray. The biography of Harrison Storms, who was instrumental in the development and operation of the X-15.

X-15 (The Nasa Mission Reports) X-15 (The Nasa Mission Reports)

The X-Planes: X-1 to X-45: 3rd Edition by Jay Miller The X-Planes: X-1 to X-45: 3rd Edition by Jay Miller

X-Planes at Edwards by Steve Pace X-Planes at Edwards (Enthusiast Color Series) by Steve Pace


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Edited October 3, 1996