Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West

X-15 Monument Site


On 5/8/04 a monument was dedicated to the memory of Major Michael Adams, USAF who lost his life while piloting North American Aviation X-15, 56-6672. The monument is located at the crash site of 56-6672 on BLM land 1/4 mile west of the Trona Road, four miles north of Hwy 395. The concrete and Inconel X marker is at 35 25' 09"N, 117 35' 48" NAD27. Visitors are welcome and site is protected by State and Federal Laws.

The monument was the idea of John Bodylski, BSA Troop 323 for his Eagle Scout Leadership Project. He received assistance from numerous individuals, corporations, and organizations including the Civil Air Patrol and Maj.Greg Frazier.

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Civil Air Patrol color guard approaches the monument.

Members of Maj. Michael J. Adams family stand near crash site.

The monument marker and commemorative statement honoring Major Michael J. Adams, USAF contributions to aerospace science.

Featured speakers included members of Major Adams  family, BLM Rep, Greg Frazier CAP Major, Eagle Scout John Bodylski, and veteran X-15 pilot Mr. Bill Dana  second from the right.

Visiting this monument site means respecting the memory of Maj. Michael J. Adams and all of those test pilots and aircrew who have lost their lives while advancing aerospace sciences and technologies.

Winter 2009 at the X-15 crash site memorial where visitors still stop to pay their respects. (G. P. Macha)



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