Amazing collection of 12 signed photos of the full roster of X-15 pilots, each measuring approximately 8 x 10 or 10 x 8: vintage glossy photo of Mike Adams in front of a US Air Force jet, signed in blue ballpoint, “Michael J. Adams”; glossy NASA photo of Neil Armstrong with his X-15, signed and inscribed in blue felt tip, “Best wishes to V. J. Nunes, Neil Armstrong”; glossy photo of Joe Walker posing at the cockpit of an X-15, signed in black ink; glossy photo of Scott Crossfield in his flight suit, signed in black felt tip; glossy NASA photo of Milt Thompson with an X-15, signed in black felt tip; glossy NASA photo of Joe Engle with an X-15, signed in black ink, “Joe Engle, Col. USAF”; color satin-finish photo of Bill Dana with an X-15, signed in black felt tip, “With my best wishes, Bill Dana”; glossy NASA photo of Robert White in the cockpit, signed in black felt tip, “Sincere best wishes, Robert M. White, Maj. Gen. USAF”; vintage glossy photo of John B. McKay in front of an X-15, signed in black ink; glossy photo of Forrest S. Petersen seated in the cockpit, signed in blue ink; glossy photo of Robert A. Rushworth, signed in blue felt tip; and a cardstock photo of William J. Knight, signed in black felt tip. In overall fine condition, with scattered surface bends and creases, and a few unobtrusive edge tears. The inclusion of the very rare Adams (1930–1967) makes this an especially remarkable collection—he was the first American space mission fatality, tragically passing in an accident where his X-15 entered a violent Mach 5 spin, causing the aircraft to break apart. Due to the rarity of Adams—especially in signed photo format—the opportunity to acquire a complete set of X-15 pilots rarely, arises. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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