February 21, 1956 – I Have a Date with Outer Space

62 years ago today, Look Magazine featured Pete Everest. The article has some pretty interesting/rare photos, but being the large format magazine that it is, won’t fit on the scanner. I will have to get creative and share some better shots in the near future.

On the flip side, the Library of Congress today owns […]

Pete Everest – Part 2

Another slick model from Thomas!

Pete Everest made the first, third and sixth (and last) USAF flight on 23 12 1953, 02 07 1954 and 29 07 1954 on that plane. Then the underpowered jet went to NACA. Pete was used to hotter stuff!

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Pete Everest & the D-558 II

Thomas from Germany emailed me a photo of his 1/72 D-558 II model diorama – nice!

Nov 20, 1953: Scott Crossfield broke the Mach 2 barrier in Buno. 37974

May 5, 1955: Pete Everest made a 17 minute familiarization flight (N50) in that plane (M 1.6, 68.000ft) before starting with the X-2

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Pete Everest & the X-1D

Just ran across this article from “This Day in Aviation:” August 22, 1953. It talks about Pete abandoning a flight in the X-1D, barely:

Fearing that a larger explosion or fire would jeopardize the bomber and its crew, Everest abandoned the X-1D, climbing up into the bomber. The X-1 was then dropped. It crashed onto […]

Life’s Tough, Get a Helmet

Had to chuckle when I found this photo in the Life Magazine archive. Pete Everest, lighting one up in the car.

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 […]

X-2 “Flight To The Future” Movie

“Flight to the Future” was just posted to YouTube from the San Diego Air & Space Museum archives. 21 minutes of vintage X-2. Thanks to Chris for letting me know about this!

Starbuster Returns

Mike Machat was kind enough to share a new panting he completed for a client:

“Starbuster Returns” depicts the first powered flight of the X-2 flown by Lt. Col. Pete Everest on November 18, 1955. Passing through 10,000 feet, Everest deployed the landing gear on approach for a right-hand pattern to lakebed Runway 27 […]

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 […]