Maj. Robert M. White, X-15 test pilot

Major Robert M. White exits the cockpit of an X-15 at Edwards AFB. White is wearing a David Clark Co. MC-2 full-pressure suit. (U.S. Air Force)

Maj. Robert M. “Bob” White is helped out of the cockpit of an X-15 rocket plane at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., He became the first pilot to exceed Mach 4, -5 and -6 in the X-15 in 1961. On July 17, 1962, he became the first to fly it in space. (Courtesy photo)

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