Major-General Robert Michael White (born 1924) was a military aircraft test pilot and United States Air Force commander, who broke a number of records with the North American X-15 experimental aircraft during the 1960s, and was responsible for the design and development of several modern military aircraft. In February 1961, White unofficially set a new air speed record when he flew the X-15 at a speed of 2275 mph (3660 km/h), following the installation of a 57000 lbf (254 kN) thrust XLR-99 engine. White was the first human to fly an aircraft at Mach 4 and later Mach 5 over the next eight months. On November 9, 1961, White flew the X-15 at 4093 mph (6590 km/h), making him the first pilot to fly a winged craft at six times the speed of sound (Mach 6). On July 17, 1962, White flew the X-15 to an altitude of 314 750 feet (59 miles, 96 km). This qualified him for an Astronaut Badge, becoming the first "Winged Astronaut", one of few who have flown into space without a conventional spacecraft. Print is personally signed by Bob White. Certificate of Authenticity included.
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