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Michelle Evans, Monday, 12-9-13 December 10, 2013

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Michelle Evans, Monday, 12-9-13

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Guest:  Michelle Evans.  Topics:  X-15 Rocketplane and Michelle’s Book, The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed back Michelle Evans to continue her Space Show discussion about the X-15 Rocket Plane and her best selling book, The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 28 minute program, Michelle responded to my trivia question to name the presidents involved with the X-15 program.  We talked about how astronauts were greeted and treated compared to the record breaking X-15 pilots.  We also talked about the incredible level of interest and reception our guest receives with her book talks at various organizations, plus the amazing interest shown in the topic coming from overseas.  In response to a question about the most memorable flights, Michelle mentioned the Peter Knight flight above Mach 4 when all electronics failed and ejection was not an option.  We talked about tricks and pranks the pilots played as strong Type A personalities.  Also mentioned was the fatal Mike Adams flight.  Listeners asked several questions, including a few that attempted to compare X-15 to the new effort to fly suborbital by Virgin and XCOR.  Michelle then had much to say for the X-15 engine, the XLR99 which produced 66,000 lbs. of thrust.  Rick sent in a question asking why the 200th flight never happened.  As the segment was ending, we inquired about X-15 artifacts including mockups, the actual X-15s, and the two B-52s that flew the rocket plane.

In the second segment, Ted asked about X-15 espionage.  As you will hear, there was none but listen to the full answer.  We then talked about the B-52s, especially the one that is outside the Edwards gate.  Michelle did a shout out to Tommy Ericson in Sweden for the excellent X-15 artwork in the her book.  We talked about surviving X-15 equipment and learned the simulator was gone but that a skinless version of the rocket plane used for testing was still in existence.  I asked Michelle to tell us about her talk at Griffith Observatory in LA, then she talked about the two living pilots, Joe Engle and Bill Dana.  Michelle also talked about Joe’s astronaut duties with the Space Shuttle.

Please post comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  Michelle can be reached through her website at www.mach25media.com.

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1. Paul from Europe - December 13, 2013

Regarding the last X-15 show with Michelle Evans, I wanted to mention for all the Trekkers out there, and other fans of cheesy, but fun sci-fi entertainment that there is an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise called “First Flight” from season 2, which features an X-15-like craft. They are running it on a test flight to Jupiter, breaking speed barriers. Fisticuffs among pilot friends in a bar, flying the ship without permission, flying manually… Too much said already. All the good stuff. Enterprise wasn’t high art, but that episode was fun. Recommend it for lighthearted laughs.


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