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Flight 190

X-15

United States Air Force

Launch Status
Success

Crew


William J. Knight

William J. Knight

  • Birthday: 11/18/1929
  • Role: Pilot
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 10/17/1967
  • Last Flight: 10/17/1967

William John “Pete” Knight was an American aeronautical engineer, politician, Vietnam War combat pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He flew the X-15 experimental spaceplane to over 50 miles altitude on Flight 190.

Mission


Flight 190

  • Type: Test Flight
  • Orbit: Suborbital

Flight 190 of the North American X-15 was a test flight conducted by NASA and the US Air Force in 1967. Piloted by William J. Knight it reached an altitude of 85.5 km.

Location


Edwards Air Force Base

Air launch to Suborbital flight

Edwards Air Force Base has witnessed the launch of 13 rockets, including 0 orbital launch attempts, while Air launch to Suborbital flight, has been the site for 85 rocket launches.

Edwards Air Force Base

Rocket


North American Aviation North American X-15

The North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of the X-plane series of experimental aircraft.

North American X-15

Agency


United States Air Force

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces, and is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. Originally created on 1 August 1907, as a part of the United States Army Signal Corps, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces in 1947 with the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947.

United States Air Force
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