X-15 Flight 3-65-97

X-15 Flight 3-65-97, also known as X-15 Flight 191, was a test flight of the North American X-15 experimental aircraft. It took place on November 15, 1967 and was piloted by Michael J. Adams. It ended in tragedy when the aircraft broke apart minutes after launch due to technical difficulties, killing the pilot and destroying the plane.

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X-15 Flight 3-65-97 - Investigation
... after the accident, an unofficial FRC (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center) search party found the camera, but could not find the film cartridge ... and concluded that Adams had lost control of the X-15 as a result of a combination of distraction, misinterpretation of his instrumentation display, and possible vertigo ... The electrical disturbance early in the flight degraded the overall effectiveness of the aircraft's control system and further added to pilot workload ...

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