The F-15 Eagle can climb at more than 40,000 feet per minute. That's sea level to the top of Mount Everest in 45 seconds.
In Operation Enduring Freedom, the B-2 flew a 44-hour mission, with mid-air refueling, from Missouri to Afghanistan to an airbase at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
In 1974, an SR-71 Blackbird flew from New York to London in a record 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56 seconds.
In 1967, one of the X-15s set a speed record for manned flight in a winged aircraft, exceeded only by the space shuttle.
Narrator: Extreme power, extreme speed. From the X-1 that broke the sound barrier to the Scramjet aiming for Mach 10, planes on the cutting edge. From the past to the present and the future, now: Extreme Aircraft, on Modern Marvels.
Michael C. Sirak
Staff Reporter, Jane's Defense Weekly
Anthony Castrogiovanni, Ph.D.
President, ATK GASL
Harvey G. Schellenger
Boeing Chief Engineer, X-43 Projects
X-43A Flight Project Manager
Michael A. Dornheim
Sr. Engineering Editor, Aviation Week
Richard Hallion, Ph.D.
Robert L. Cardenas
Brig. General, USAF (Ret.)
Raymond L. Puffer, Ph.D.
Historian, Edwards Air Force Base
Chief Historian, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Robert J. "Bob" Gilliland
Lockheed Chief Test Pilot SR-71
B-2 Chief Engineer, Northrop Grumman
Scott J. Seymour
President, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
Maj. Evan Dertien
F/A-22 Test Pilot
Maj. Charles K. Havasy
F/A-22 Chief Engineer
Executive Producer: Don Cambou
Writer: Fred Peabody
Producer: Fred Peabody
Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
Associate Producer: Gloria L. Morris
Editor: Lou Laprocido
Narrator: Max Raphael
Music: Alan Ett Music Group
Producer: Bruce Nash
Creator: Bruce Nash
Production Manager: Shelia Collins
Post Producer: Tim Knauff
Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
Production Controller: Dani Eslin
Accountant: Sheridan Liu
Accountant: Judy Gordon
Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins
Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
Camera: Michael Ford
Camera: Peter Krajewski
Camera: Lon Magdich
Camera: Mark Morris
Field Audio: Eric Kruize
Field Audio: Charles "Hesky" Rohr
Online Editor: John Price
Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
Animation: Glenn Takakjian
Historical Consultant: Drig. General Robert Cardenas
Historical Consultant: Richard Hallion, Ph.D.
Edwards Air Force Base
John P. Haire
James F. Hart
Dianne M. Knipple
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Veteran's Memorial Center San Diego
Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
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