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Vitruvius

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I ran across a book that was printed in 1959, by Julian May entitled "Show Me the World of space Travel. The dust jacket shows an astronaut in an X-15 Spacesuit and helmet pointing out to a typlically 1950s 7-8 year old boy and girl a silver X-15 mounted Space Shuttle style on the side of an Atlas missile . Since I have Mr. Always plans for a 1/73rd scale Mercury/Atlas, I've decided to build a copy of the vehicle on the Dust Jacket. Interestingly enough, at one point, the X-15 WAS considered for a Shuttle like ship. The main difference being was that the X-15 would have been launched from the ground by a set of rockets from an angled launch pad. I'm looking forward to seeing how this comes out as the 1st one will have the X-15 permanently mounted to the Atlas. Once I get that flight corrected, I'll modify it so the X-15 can glide back separately. Cheers!
 

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That is one BIG X-15. Cool concept, though - "Manned Navaho", in a way.
 

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That is one BIG X-15. Cool concept, though - "Manned Navaho", in a way.
A manned Navaho? that would be NEAT! I'd love to find a cardstock of the Navaho in order to make a "manned" version. I think that it might come out looking like a variant of the Fireball XL-5!
 

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A manned Navaho? that would be NEAT!
Unless you were the test pilot! Not the most reliable bird ever flown and whenever you're in a meeting and get told "we'll just wedge you in where the nuclear warhead normally goes" you're not having a good day 🤣

On the other hand a Fireball XL-5 on the side of an Atlas... now you're talking!
 

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Unless you were the test pilot! Not the most reliable bird ever flown and whenever you're in a meeting and get told "we'll just wedge you in where the nuclear warhead normally goes" you're not having a good day 🤣

On the other hand a Fireball XL-5 on the side of an Atlas... now you're talking!
Yup to both!. The problem is the XL-5 is about 3 times the length of the Atlas, LOL!
 

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Unless you were the test pilot! Not the most reliable bird ever flown and whenever you're in a meeting and get told "we'll just wedge you in where the nuclear warhead normally goes" you're not having a good day 🤣
Isn't that pretty much the whole Gemini program? o_O
 

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Unless you were the test pilot! Not the most reliable bird ever flown and whenever you're in a meeting and get told "we'll just wedge you in where the nuclear warhead normally goes" you're not having a good day
At least they removed the warhead . . . LOL !
 
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