NORTH AMERICAN X-15, THE FIRST SPACEPLANE.
A 1/15th scale model, fiberglass and polyester resin on metal stand, 39½ inches long, 18 inch wingspan. Manufactured by Gene Young Effects, 1970s.
The North American X-15 was an experimental rocket-powered high speed aircraft operated by both NASA and the United States Air Force. In the early 1960s, the X-15 set records for both altitude and speed, flying to the edge of outer space. With Robert White as its pilot, it attained a maximum speed of 4,520 miles per hour, the world record for one of the fastest speeds obtained by a manned aircraft. Other notable pilots of the X-15 include Pete Knight, and Neil Armstrong, who obtained a speed of 3,989 miles per hour.