Plane: X-15-2 Date: 11/9/61
Flight: 2-21-37 E.S.:  
Pilot: Major R. White Taxi:  
B-52: #008 T.O.: 0900
L/P:   Launch: 0957
NASA 1:   Land: 1007
    Total: :10
    B-52 Land: 1026

17 minutes to launch
White: LOX pump bearing on the indicator is now moved to -26°. Ball nose switch is going on. 
Russel: NASA 2, lube oil temp 100°. 
NASA 2: Roger, Jack. 
Russel: Doppler condition normal. 
NASA 2: Russell, set in 135 north. 
Russel: Roger, 139 ........ 
NASA 2: Roger. Russell, set in 150 north. Precool off, Bob. 
White: Precool off. 
Russel: 150 north. 
NASA 2: Roger. 
B-52: 15 minutes to launch and launch pressure is 1400 pounds. 
NASA 2: Roger, Jack. Russell, mark 150. 
White: Precool is on. Face plate heat is set ......... 
NASA 1: 150, Russell? 
Russel: 150, Roger. 
White: .......... still very mild. 
Russel: On the way down now, Bob? 
NASA 2: Jack, lets come 2° right and add 1 minute please. 
B-52: 2° right and add 1 minute. This is the new 15 minute point, 15 minutes to launch. 
White: Precool is on. 
.......... : Bob, this is NASA (?), did you read your BCS check? 
White: Roger. 
B-52: 13 minutes to launch. 
NASA 2: Roger. 
White: BCS switches are on. APU peroxide tank pressures are 550 on #1 and #2. 
NASA 2: Thank you, Bob. 
Russel: Lube oil temp 125°. 
NASA 2: 125, thank you. 
B-52: 11 minutes to launch. 
White: Precool off. 
Russel: Manual topoff ready. NASA 2, standby for position mark. 
NASA 2: Standing by. 
Russel: 395.5 west and 188.9 north. 
NASA 2: Roger. 
B-52: 10 minutes to launch. B-52 mag heading 350. 
White: APU cool switches normal. Blowers and LN2 on. Pressure cooling is on. Cabin pressure is going down. Inertial velocity is 800. Inertial velocity is 44,500. Cabin is at 35,000 feet. LN2 source 3450. 
NASA 2: Roger, Bob. We recommend you leave BCS switches off unless you need them. 
White: BCS switches are off. .......... is 70, #2 is -60. .......... switch is on. 
B-52: 9 minutes to launch. 
White: OK, data coming on. #2 APU has started. Hydraulic pressures are coming back nicely. Generators are reset. Hydraulic pressure 3150 #1 and 3450 #2. 200 volts on each. Engine is reset. 
B-52: 8 minutes. 
Russel: X-15 power off, Bob. 
NASA 2: Roger. 
White: Flaps coming down, coming up. Controls are moving. 
NASA 2: He called 8 minutes a little bit ago. Jack, we would like you to start your turn at 645. 
B-52: Roger, I'll start my turn at 6 minutes 45 seconds to launch. 
White: Engine oscillograph on. Vibration recorders are on. 
B-52: 7 minutes and verify, Bob, please. 
White: 7 minutes. Auxiliary cabin pressure switch on. Platform going to internal. 
Russel: Inertial system out of spec on vertical velocity. Intermittent swing to the full scale, flow rate. 
NASA 2: Roger. 
Russel: Fairly constant. 
NASA 2: Fire extinguisher auto, Bob? 
White: OK, fire extinguisher at auto. SAS check is complete. Gains set at 8-6-8. 
NASA 2: 8-6-8. Roger, Bob. 
Russel: Lube oil temp 20°. 
NASA 2: Roger, Russell. 
B-52: 6 minutes, verify please. 
White: 6 minutes. 
B-52: 5 minutes, verify please. 
White: 5 minutes. Selecting X-15 oxygen. 2200 psi. OK, you ready? 
Russel: Topoff complete, shutoff. 
White: Going to pressurize at an altitude of 35,000 feet. Ventral is armed. 
Russel: LOX check valve looks good. 
White: OK, they locked out at about 48. I'm going to data, calibrate. Jettison switches are set up properly, data is off. 
NASA 2: Roger. 
White: Topoff. 
B-52: 4 minutes, verify please. 
White: Roger, 4 minutes. Intercom switch is on, how do you read on my radio, Pete? 
NASA 2: Good, Bob, how me? 
White: OK, fine. Helium #1 and #2 source 2650. 
NASA 2: Roger, Bob. 
B-52: 3 minutes. 
NASA 2: Give us an angle of attack reading when you can. 
White: OK, platform ...... 
Russel: Inertial system in specs. 
NASA 2: Roger. 
White: Vertical velocity 980, altitude 45,500. 
Russel: B-52 doppler 794. 
NASA 2: Roger, verify ammonia tank pressure, Bob. 
B-52: 2 minutes. 
Chase 1: Bob, they would like you to verify fuel tank pressure. 
White: OK, ball nose check is complete. The LOX tank pressure is now 64. Fuel tank is 45. 
NASA 2: Roger, Bob. 
White: That look all right, NASA 2? 
NASA 2: Yes, OK, Bob. 
White: NASA 2? 
NASA 2: Reading you loud and clear, how me, Bob? 
White: Kind of broken up. Read my inlet pressure, tank pressure and LOX? 
NASA 2: Affirmative, Bob, everything looks good here. 
White: OK, fine, temps +40 and +30. 
B-52: 1 minute. Master arm switch and light on. 
White: OK, cine camera is pulsed. Prime was on at 1 minute. Igniter ready light. Your pulse in 40 seconds, Jack. 
B-52: Roger, buddy! 40 seconds now. 
White: Precool on. Igniter idle switch is on. Pump idle coming on. Manifold pressures coming up, pressure is up.
B-52: Bob, you look real good, I don't think you can hear your close chase. You're real good. 
White: OK, thank you. 
NASA 2: .......... seconds, Bob, looking good. 
White: OK, none .......... Coming up on 36 seconds. 
NASA 2: Roger, 43, 44, 45 pushover, Bob. 
White: How do we look on profile? 
NASA 2: Look just a little bit low, Bob. 
White: OK, I'll change angle of attack. Passing 85,000. 
NASA 2: Roger, we concur. Course is looking good. 
White: OK, 90,000. 
NASA 2: Roger, we read 90 now. Just a little low, Bob, delay speed brakes. 
White: I can see Edwards from here. 
NASA 2: Roger. Course is looking real good. Got you at 100,000 now, Bob. 
White: OK. 
NASA 2: .......... off, rudder pulse. Put the brakes out anytime you want to now. 
White: OK, speed brakes. Are you ready for the multi (?) 
NASA 2: Affirmative. 
White: They're coming out. 
NASA 2: Got you at 5400 feet per/sec about 95,000 feet. 
White: Hope my ventral is armed, I'm reading low. 
NASA 2: Roger. Got you at 90,000 feet, 5000 feet per/sec. About 3 or 4 miles to the right of course. Low on profile at about 81,000 feet. About 4300 feet per/sec, Bob. First 500 feet per/sec now, Bob, at about 78,000 feet, register your pushover, pullup. 
White: .... speed brakes are coming closed. 
NASA 2: Roger. 
White: Pushover, pullup. 
NASA 1: NASA 2, NASA 1 taking control. 
NASA 2: Roger, NASA 1. 
White: Speed brakes coming back open. 
NASA 1: Roger Bob, we have you 2800 feet per/sec, about 2 miles west of course. Coming up on 72,000 at 2800, holding your speed. 
White: OK, dampers are back off. Oh, Good Lord! Hope this one holds. Dampers coming on. 
NASA 1: Bob, we have you at 2000 feet per/sec, 65. 
White: OK, Pal. 
NASA 1: Bob, pull your dive brakes in. 
White: Think I ought to? I'm leaving them out. 
NASA 1: Roger. Coming up on 1300 feet per/sec. 55,000. 
White: Speed brakes are going in. Bob, I'm now going to fly 300 knots indicated air speed. My position, Bob, is north of north lake edge here, about, coming down to 45,000 feet, must be 20 miles north or 10, what is it? 
NASA 1: We have you 20 miles north of the base. You are getting ready to go sub-sonic, 1000 feet per/sec. 
White: Roger. I'm going to .......... 
Chase: OK, Bob, I've got you now. 
White: OK, real fine. I'm flying 300 knots. 
Chase: I'm going to have to scoot out of here, I'll pick you up. 
White: Going to jettison. 
Chase: Roger, you're clear. Negative jettison yet. .......... but that's about it. 
White: OK, I'm going to slow down a little bit, increase my ......... 
Chase: Rog. I still haven't seen any jettison to amount to anything, Bob. 
White: Well, OK, we shouldn't have any left. Walt, you're in position, aren't you? 
Chase: Out in front of you, but I've got you in sight. 
White: OK, you stay there. The windshield on the right side, quite awhile ago, completely shattered and if it happens on the left, I'm not going to be able to see much, so stay loose. 
Chase: Roger, you're coming in on the east side of the lake. 
White: Yes, I see where I am, its OK as long as I can see out of the left side. I'll be all right. OK, I'm on pretty high key here. Going back to 300 knots. Master switch is going off. 
Chase: In good position. 
White: Wish I could kick this head bumper up. Oh, there it is. OK, I'm on downwind now. OK, tank handle going to pressurize. My ventral is armed. I hope that inertial indicator of mine was reading low, its a little lower than I'd like. Going to use a little speed brakes here, but don't let me ace you out. 
Chase: OK.
White: Now when I clear that highway, I'll get rid of the ventral. 
Chase: OK. Did you put the brakes back in? 
White: They're in. Wish I could see out of both sides here. 
Chase: Roll out, now you've got it lined up real good, clear over the highway. Ventral off and clear. 
White: I can only see out of one side. 
Chase: OK, you're a little high yet, flaps. Flaps down, gear, little high, Bob, cut her down. 
White: Yes, I see it. 
Chase: Gear is not down yet. Gear down. About 10 feet, 5, touching down. Very good. 
White: Flaps coming up. Speed brakes are open. One cycle on the controls. 
NASA 1: Roger, Bob, how do you read NASA 1? 
White: Fine. Push to test ball nose. Data off. Hydraulic press and temps are good, 3200 and 3370. Peroxide tank press 550. APU bearing temps are +80 and +80. No low lights. Mixing chamber temps are -10 and -30. #1 and #2 helium source are 1500 or maybe just a little bit less. APU source #1 is 2800 and #2 is 2900. LN2 source 1900. 3-Axis ball heading is 181. Inertial height is 70,000. Inertial climb is 128 per/sec. Velocity is something less than 60 feet per/sec. Oxygen pressure is 1500 psi. Stable platform is off. Speed brakes open. APU's are coming off and I'll close out the rest. 
NASA 1: Roger, real fine flight, Bob, thank you.