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Flight 197


United States Air Force

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William H. Dana

William H. Dana

  • Birthday: 11/03/1930
  • Role: Pilot
  • Nationality: American
  • First Flight: 11/01/1966
  • Last Flight: 08/21/1968

William Harvey “Bill” Dana was an American aeronautical engineer, U.S. Air Force pilot, NASA test pilot, and astronaut.
He flew on X-15 Flight 174 and Flight 197, both of which passed 50 miles in altitude.


Flight 197

  • Type: Test Flight
  • Orbit: Suborbital

Flight 197 of the North American X-15 was a test flight conducted by NASA and the US Air Force in 1968. Piloted by William H. Dana it reached an altitude of 81.4 km.


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


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


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.

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