Retired Maj. Gen. Robert M. White, record-setting X-15 pilot and veteran of three wars, died March 17, 2010, at age 85. White is perhaps most famous for his record-setting flights in the X-15, including, on Nov. 9, 1961, becoming the first person to fly a winged aircraft six times faster than the speed of sound (4,093 mph) and, on July 17, 1962, taking the X-15 to 59.6 miles above the Earth and in so doing earning astronaut wings. White also served in three wars, flying the P-51 in World War II, returning to active service for the Korean War, and flying 70 combat missions in the F-105 during the Vietnam War. Here, he climbs from the X-15 cockpit.
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