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Site Visit – September 27, 2016

Site friends & contributors Tony Accurso and daughter Evelyn sent over the below photos from the X-2 fuselage crash site. They visited on September 27th, leaving new flags and flowers to remember Capt. Apt.

Haystack Butte, the lone mountain in the background. The X-2 nose section came to rest about a mile […]

Remembering Capt. Apt

While many of us remember Capt. Mel Apt for his final flight on September 27, 1956, another flight was equally important two years earlier. Capt. Apt was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for helping save a fellow pilot. The story of flight was told in a 1956 Life Magazine article, available online.

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Capt. Mel Apt & X-2 Remembered in New Museum Display

On September 17, the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards AFB opened a new display remembering Capt. Mel Apt and the Bell X-2. I had the honor of attending the opening, meeting Lorrie Epling (Capt. Apt’s daughter) as well as attend other X-2 events that day (which I will write more about later!). Aviation […]

Sixty Years of the Bell X-2

It’s hard to imagine that it was 60 years since the Bell X-2 last flew. In September 1956, the Bell X-2 program flew higher and faster than anyone had ever gone before:

September 7: Capt. Iven Kincheloe rockets to a record altitude of 126,200 feet.

September 27: Capt. Milburn “Mel” Apt flys the perfect profile […]

Iven Kincheloe in October Air Classics Magazine

Head to the magazine store and pick up the October issue of Air Classics magazine. The issue features a 10 page article on Iven Kincheloe by Mike Machat. Plenty of photos, many in color.

December 1954 at Edwards

Did you know Mel Apt was a hero, too? He saved the life of a fellow test pilot who crashed on the Edwards lakebed. Learn more about this December 22, 1954 event, which feels like Toward the Unknown in a number of ways.

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Update: Searching for Life Magazine X-2 Photos

I received an email from Rick, who was kind enough to send along some additional details on the Life Magazine issue (June 18, 1956) that features photos from the previous blog post:

The article related to Edwards AFB and the X-2 is Robert Wallace’s “10,000 Men to a Plane: Vast Technological Force Supports Today’s Test […]

Searching for Life Magazine X-2 Photos

A few years back, Google began scanning the collection of Life Magazine images and posting them online. As long as the photos are not used for commercial use, download and print is free game. While I have not tried, rumor has it the images are such that you can print to 8×10 (but with a […]

Mel Apt Memorial a Reality

I’m happy to report that the memorial to Mel Apt at the Kramer Hills fuselage crash site is now in place. It had been a rough start and the BLM wasn’t very cooperative at first. Details and photos are now on the site.

Thanks to Greg Frazier for keeping me updated on the progress of […]

X-2 Photos Added to Album

Spring cleaning I guess…just added some additional photos to the X-2 album that had been sitting on my machine:

Added a new album for 6674 crash site photos New photo to Misc X-2 album