Revell Historic Collectors Cards : The Air Power Series

Revell Historic Collectors Cards : The Air Power Series



Historic Collectors Cards - The Air Power Series was released in 1961 by Revell, Inc. and Science Program. The twelve-card series was distributed with Revell Authentic Kit models. Two perforated cards were included with each aircraft model from The Air Power Series. Each card measures approximately 2.5 x 4 inches. The American Card Catalog reference is UM26-5. Revell issued three different series of trading cards from 1960–1961.

The Air Power Series includes the "Boeing B-52 Bomber with the North American X-15." The scene was painted by Jack Leynnwood. The model and box artwork were repackaged for the Revell Jet Command series in 1964. The kit was later distributed by Atlantis Models.

1961 Revell Air Power Series #2 - Boeing B-52 with North American X-15

NASA developed three of the experimental aircraft to investigate problems that pilots would encounter near the edge of space. On June 8, 1959, the X-15-1 was first dropped from Boeing NB-52A Stratofortress 52-003, The High and Mighty One, piloted by Charles Bock and Major Jack Allavie. Only three NB-52A were produced as test craft for Boeing and the U.S. Air Force.

The X-15-1 and X-15-2 aircraft were first piloted by Scott Crossfield. The card text erroneously reports "altitudes approaching 100 miles." The highest altitude achieved by the X-15-3 was 67 miles (108 km) on August 22, 1963. X-15 Flight 91 was piloted by Joseph A. Walker, who had previously crossed the Kármán line on July 19, 1963. Walker was posthumously awarded NASA Astronaut Wings on August 23, 2005.

The High and Mighty One is displayed at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. The X-15-1 is displayed in the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport. The X-15A-2 is displayed in the National Museum of the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

1961 Revell Air Power Series #2 - Boeing B-52 with North American X-15

"The X-15 project is one of the major steps in America's program to conquer space. Goals of the project are to discover how well an aircraft can be con- trolled in near-space environment, and what problems are inherent in re-entering the atmosphere in a piloted aircraft. In order to gain as much altitude as possible without expending fuel from the X-15's limited supply, the aircraft is carried aloft nested under the wing of a modified B-52 Jet Bomber. In the fuselage of the bomber rides a crew of technicians who service the X-15 during the climb to launch altitude. Constant radio contact is maintained with the pilot of the X-15, and a closed circuit television monitors the aircraft. When the B-52 reaches the drop altitude of about 40,000 feet, the X-15 drops free of its mating pod, and as the pilot cuts in the rocket engines it noses up to its programmed objectives. The pilot has at his command an engine that develops 50,000 pounds of thrust, and burns 10,000 pounds of fuel per minute. The X-15 is capable of altitudes approaching 100 miles, and speed of 4000 miles per hour. This mother ship combination is one of the most significant steps in aviation history."


The Air Power Series
1 Northrop F-89D Scorpion
2 Boeing B-52 Bomber with the North American X-15
3 Convair F-106A, Delta Dart
4 Boeing B-29 Bomber
5 Lockheed Hercules C-130A Combat Transport
6 North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber
7 Lockheed F-104A Starfighter
8 Convair B-58 Hustler
9 Convair B-36 Bomber
10 Republic F-105D Thunderchief
11 Boeing B-47 Bomber
12 Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker


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