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Flight 197


United States Air Force

Launch Status


William H. Dana

William H. Dana

Status: Deceased
11/3/1930 - 5/6/2014
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 11/1/1966
Last Flight: 8/21/1968

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

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.


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Edwards Air Force Base

Air launch to Suborbital flight

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Edwards Air Force Base, Air launch to Suborbital flight


United States Air Force – USAF

  • Type: Government
  • Abbreviation: USAF
  • Administration: Commander-in-Chief: President of the US
  • Founded: 1947
  • Country: USA

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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