The X-15-2 became the first X-15 aircraft to test the million-horsepower XLR-99 rocket engine in flight. The X-15-2 was delivered to Edwards Air Force Base in 1959 and completed 31 flights (9 with the interim XLR-11 engines) before it was damaged during an emergency landing in 1962, and eventually repaired and modified to become the 'advanced' X-15A-2.
The X-15-3 was delivered to Edwards in 1959, and was seriously damaged in June 1960 when its ammonia and hydrogen peroxide tanks exploded while testing the new XLR-99 engine on the ground. Pilot Scott Crossfield was uninjured and the aircraft was rebuilt. In 1963, NASA pilot Joe Walker set an altitude record of 354,200 feet in the No. 3 aircraft, the highest flight of the X-15 research program.
The X-15-3 completed 65 flights between December 1961 and November 1967, but sadly the aircraft was lost during a tragic accident in November 1967 that took the life of Air Force pilot Michael Adams.
This package contains two versions of the X-15-2 and two versions of the X-15-3 aircraft, all equipped with the mighty XLR-99 rocket engine. Four fully functional 3D virtual cockpits are included, along with an automatic ignition sequence, new X-15 custom sounds, 10 new camera definitions for FSX, basic MH-96 autopilot modes (X-15-3) and 12 saved flights based on actual X-15 missions.
- 'Dirty' version of the X-15-2 with the (interim) NACA vane-type boom nose and the original (XLR-99) black panel
- 'Dirty' version of the X-15-2 with the NACA/Nortronics ball nose, gray thermopaint on nose and canopy, and an alternate (XLR-99) black panel
- 'Dirty' version of the X-15-3 with the NACA/Nortronics ball nose and the original (XLR-99) black panel
- 'Dirty' version of the X-15-3 with the NACA/Nortronics ball nose, wing-tip pods, tail-cone box and the (XLR-99) light blue-gray panel
This package contains two versions of the X-15-2 aircraft (serial number AF56-6671) with the XLR-99 rocket engine and two versions of the X-15-3 aircraft (serial number AF56-6672) with the XLR-99 rocket engine.
This is the design-mission configuration of the No. 2 X-15 rocket plane. The second variation of the X-15-2 wears grey thermopaint on the canopy, the nose and other parts of the aircraft.
The No. 3 X-15 airplane was equipped with the new MH-96 adaptive flight control system which replaced the Stability Augmentation System (SAS) found in the other aircraft.
The second variation of the X-15-3 has removable wing-tip pods that contained cameras and research instruments. This aircraft has a revised blue-grey instrument panel that replaced the original black panel. The new panel contrasted better with the gauges, light indicators and flight instruments. The aircraft also features a tail-cone box with additional experimentation equipment.
Flight model features
- One Reaction Motors XLR-99, 'throttlable 60,000-pound liquid-fuel turbo-rocket engine
Supersonic flight up to Mach 4.65
- High-altitude flight up to 354,200 feet in FSX (100,000 feet in FS2004)
- Autopilot (X-15-3 only) featuring basic autopilot functions (attitude and heading hold modes)
- Ground take-off or high-altitude launch
- Good manoeuvrability at supersonic speeds
- Excellent gliding capabilities
Aircraft model features
- More than 60 animations
- Reflective textures
- Unique markings and liveries on each aircraft
- Dynamic frost texture on fuselage (around the liquid oxygen tank when filled)
- Dynamic control surfaces differential horizontal stabilizer, vertical stabilizers with movable and fixed sections and a jettisonable ventral rudder, flaps, extendable upper and lower split-flap speed brakes
- Landing skids and 'steerable' front gear
- Movable canopy
- Cockpit details with astronaut/pilot and animated sticks and levers
- Experimental equipment on some airplanes (wing-tip pods, tail-cone box etc.)
Four fully functional and highly detailed 3D virtual cockpits with over 900 parts and nearly 200 animated gauges, switches, levers, light indicators and flight instruments with 'tooltips'
- Automatic ignition sequence to start the X-15 engine at the touch of a single 'magic' red button - click the button and watch all the cockpit switches and gauges move automatically while the auto-ignition sequence executes the Quick Start procedures described in the manual
- Cockpit spotlights (VC and exterior model)
- 'Invisible' canopy mode so you can fly the X-15 without the canopy for improved visibility
Custom aircraft systems features
- Fictional service panel system for external power and aircraft refuelling (ammonia, liquid oxygen, hydrogen peroxide, helium, liquid nitrogen)
- Custom X-15 fuel management system for the three different types of propellants and gases
- Engine propellant pressurization and control system
- Engine turbopump system
- Engine ignition control system
- Electrical distribution and control system with APUs, generators, emergency battery and an external power source
- Hydraulic systems
- Temperature control systems
Advanced 2D panel features
The fully functional instrument panels with custom gauges and systems simulate almost every step and procedure required in a typical X-15 mission.
- Advanced X-15 black main instrument panels (XLR-99 engine)
- Advanced X-15 light blue-grey main instrument panel (XLR-99 engine)
- Service panel
- Left white console panel with 'vent, pressurize, jettison' lever and flaps switch
- Throttle and speed brake panel
- Left side panel
- Right side panel
- Radio panel (ADF panel on some aircraft)
- RAS (Reaction Augmentation System) panel (on some aircraft)
- Centre pedestal with research instrumentation and stability augmentation system panels (or MH-96 system panel on the X-15-3)
- 200 fully functional custom integrated systems and gauges with 'tooltips'
- Multiple side views
- Over 10 X-15-specific animated visual effects
- Engine flame and contrail effects
- Engine first and/or second stage igniter effects
- Propellant jettison effects
- APU and turbopump exhaust effects
- Engine precool and prime effects
- Condensation effect near the cold propellant tanks when filled
- Basic autopilot modes (MH-96 adaptive flight control system, X-15-3 only) - X-15-3 now has basic autopilot functions (attitude and heading hold modes) with control switches located on the MH-96 main and side control panels
- Custom sound sets for FSX and FS2004
- Ten camera definitions or views (FSX only), some of them corresponding to the real-world X-15 external bug-eye cameras
- Twelve saved flights based on X-15 historical missions to simulate a high-altitude launch from a carrier aircraft or a take-off from the ground
- X-15-2 and X-15-3 aircraft kneeboard reference tabs and check lists
Comprehensive 100-page PDF manual and a 20-page PDF VC manual inspired by the original X-15 flight manuals (English and French)
- FSX (SP2 recommended, Acceleration Expansion Pack optional) or FS2004
- 3.0 GHz PC or any dual core
- 512Mb RAM
- 256Mb graphics card, DirectX 9.0 or later
- Windows 8 / 7 / XP / Vista
- 300Mb hard drive space
Note: Does not support certain DirectX 10 features.
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