Flight 197 of the North American X-15 was a test flight conducted by NASA and the US Air Force in 1968. Piloted by William H. Dana it reached an altitude of 81.4 km.
The North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of the X-plane series of experimental aircraft.
First X-15 experimental rocket plane.North American X-15 Details
Birth: Nov. 3, 1930
Date of Death: May 6, 2014
North American Aviation (NAA) was a major American aerospace manufacturer, responsible for a number of historic aircraft, including the T-6 Texan trainer, the P-51 Mustang fighter, the B-25 Mitchell bomber, the F-86 Sabre jet fighter, the X-15 rocket plane, and the XB-70, as well as Apollo command and service module, the second stage of the Saturn V rocket, the Space Shuttle orbiter and the B-1 Lancer.WIKI