Historic Photo Shows Wrecked X-15 after 1962 Mud Lake Crash

x 15 crash wreck  Historic Photo Shows Wrecked X-15 after 1962 Mud Lake Crash(Image: NASA, public domain)

On November 9, 1962, during a research flight in the second X-15 airframe, an engine failure forced NASA pilot Jack McKay to make an emergency landing at Mud lake, Nevada. The impact caused the landing gear to collapse, flipping the aircraft onto its back. McKay escaped with his life, but his injuries eventually forced him to retire from NASA.

The X-15 was returned to its manufacturer, North American, and over the next year underwent extensive repairs and a series of modifications. The rocket-powered X-plane was returned to Edwards AFB in February 1964 with an extended fuselage and external fuel tanks.

mud lake nevada  Historic Photo Shows Wrecked X-15 after 1962 Mud Lake Crash(Image: DigitalGlobe via Google Earth)

Renamed the X-15A-2, the aircraft, tail number 56-6671, also received a complete heat-resistant ablative coating. It’s now on permanent display at the Museum of the USAF in Dayton, Ohio. (Check out our brief history of ‘Balls 8’, the B-52 mothership.)

Plane Spotting: Storm Climb’s New Weekly Link Round-up

boeing x 20  Plane Spotting: Storm Climb’s New Weekly Link Round-up(Image: NASA, public domain)

Welcome to Plane Spotting, a new weekly link round-up article from Storm Climb.  We chose the name based on our passion for aviation combined with finding – or spotting – fascinating stories from aircraft websites, blogs, magazines across the internet.  Here are 11 interesting stories to get us started, but please do get in touch if you know of anything you feel we should cover.  Until then, enjoy!

9 Lost and Found Airplanes (Mental Floss)

Abandoned World War Two Aircraft in the Pacific (Pacific Wrecks)

Top Secret Technology Demonstrator Aircraft that are Now Declassified (Urban Ghosts)

12 Awesome Hot Air Balloons (Oddee)

Takeoff Mistakes: The Critical Minute (Plane & Pilot)

Big Fuel Savings Demand New Configurations (Aviation Week & Space Technology)

Loser X-Planes (Air & Space Magazine)

Top Secret Aircraft and Classified Technology (Beyond Black Projects)

Splendid Abandoned Airplanes (Dark Roasted Blend)

The Wing House is Complete (re-nest)

Retired 747 Airplane Transformed into Striking Malibu Home (inhabitat)