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North American Aviation X-15 model by Topping

URL: http://cgi.ebay.com/X-15-Rocket-Plane-Contractor-Model-USAF-NASA_W0QQitemZ250561548077QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3a56a1cf2d

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I've been told this North American Aviation contractor model is made by Topping. It is 7"x15".

This model was used by a NASA employee to bring to schools for teaching about the space program. The model was stored in a wooden box with foam. The foam deterioriated over the years and "melted" on the model. The finish issues you see are the remains of the foam; there is also a chemical smell from the foam. I did not attempt to clean it as I'm sure a professional could do it without removing the decals.
 
From FR 12/1958,


it is the first time to know this info (for me).
 

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Haynes Manual on the X-15...Looked at the sample pages. It looks pretty neat. According to the table of contents, even the X-20, X-15B, and delta-wing variant apparently get mentions.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/085733767X/ref=pe_340910_166200950_em_ti#immersive-view_1454370257972
 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns-ibhuagf8&t=0s

Mounting scramjet model there at 5:21
 
The RCS nozzles are still covered with ablative material after landing. I suppose the flight didn't reach very high altitudes, or these would have been required.
 
Al White and Bob White both flew my father's wing during WWII - saw both many times growing up and later. Not only awesome pilots but also great warriors and gentlemen. When General (Lt.Gen IIRC) retired, he separated in Germany and got his Doctorate at Heidelberg.

They don't make many like those two any more. RIP
 

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Al White and Bob White both flew my father's wing during WWII - saw both many times growing up and later. Not only awesome pilots but also great warriors and gentlemen. When General (Lt.Gen IIRC) retired, he separated in Germany and got his Doctorate at Heidelberg.

They don't make many like those two any more. RIP
Forgot to mention that Al White was a consultant to FAA for crash investigations into his 90's. He was lead on flight 880 that went down under mysterious circumstances.
 

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