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The Record Setter by markkarvon The Record Setter by markkarvon
The X-15 was designed to explore hypersonic speeds in excess of Mach 6 and altitudes over 300,000 feet. The aircraft was powered by a rocket engine dubbed "the million horsepower engine". There were three X-15 aircraft built. On August 22, 1963, flying the number 3 aircraft, pilot Joe Walker set a new altitude record of 354,000 feet.

Such altitudes are considered above Earth's atmosphere. For this reason many of the X-15 pilots were awarded astronaut pins.

Sadly, Joe Walker lost his life when the F-104 Starfighter he was flying collided with another high performance aircraft, the XB-70 Valkyrie. Both aircraft were lost.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This plane can go MACH 6+
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hence the title, "The Record Setter".
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely, also the pilots who flew experienced wait-less ness and looked out into the darkness of space. Preety cool huh?
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:iconthatniceguynextdoor:
thatniceguynextdoor Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I'm curious, do you sell your work at all?
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I sell work through my own website, ebay store and authorized dealers. Probably the best place to see absolutely every print I sell is my website: [link].
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
so except the space shuttle. the X-15 is the highest winged manned plane ever
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Explorer793 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Magnificent! This remarkable piece of technology accomplished such a feat comparable to Alan Shepard's first launch, that is a suborbital.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Boy, Mark did I ever screw up with my comment yesterday. Here' syour X-15 looking fabulous and it's right at the front of your gallery. Oye , am I ever embarrased!!! I must be getting senille!!! ...if only I could blame it on this...no such luck. I must very humbly admit to a plain old dumb screw up on my part.

Your work with each plane and piece is nothing short of outstanding and breathtaking, and I am forever humbled, awed, and inspired by each piece you do and such wonderful tribute and life you bring to each vehicle.

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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much David.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
You are very graciously welcome! Keep up the great creativity! :)
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Love this, Mark. Wow!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Cheri!
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
This has been featured [link]
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the feature.
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:iconqauz:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
You're welcome.
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME !!! I love the realistic concept !!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome !! :huggle:
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:iconqauz:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Looks pretty realistic!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I was going for realistic. :)
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danyboz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's fun... I just read a european comic "Buck Danny" (if you know him ?...) in which he rides the X-15 :D
Nice, nice job! :thumbsup:
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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proteus2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Many fond memories, and inpiring artwork
Bravo
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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DragonDew Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Stunning work...you blow my mind!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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acela Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
You've outdone yourself again, as usual.

Several humorous captions came to mind when I first saw this shot:

"LUDICROUS SPEED! GO!!!"-Dark Helmet, Spaceballs (1987)

"Ground Control to Major Tom..."-David Bowie, Space Oddity (recorded 1969)

Keep it up!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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sticks228 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
LOVE YOUR WORK!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Deus-est-femina Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
INCREDIBLE IMAGE!!...just fyi you misspelt aircraft..."airdraft" :D;-)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I corrected the spelling.
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great job, as usual, Mark!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Robert.
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You bet!
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KvornanTheLafesta Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! I hope I get to go on the Virgin Spaceship one day!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. That would be one heck of a trip.
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7yearsislongenough Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
An amazing tribute to an amazing achievement. Wonderful work, as always, Mark. I especially like the background and exhaust stream...beautifully done.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you John.
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GalacticMuhrine Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
The X-15... I remember I used to be obsessed with this plane after I got a toy one a little pack of airplanes. They always shot lasers because dad said they weren't armed, but I thought they looked really space age. Anyway, this a great piece. As always.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I had the same obsession with a Saab Draken toy when I was a kid. :)
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karanua Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Almost photographic in details, no even better than that because it has feeling. Congratulations on another stunning peice.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much Dave.
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Sweet! I was only 7 months old but I know about this bird in detail. Nice work Mark.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Lyle.
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Lyle462 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
You bet!
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Another magnificent piece mate and supremely enhanced by the cross in the middle (a brave decision to be sure) formed by the X-15 and the horizon.

Very emotive from a historical point of view but somehow you have made it seem profoundly contemporary..

Bravo and cheers for sharing!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much Mark. I was a bit leary about that cross but I figured it worked well enough with the horizon being such a soft line.
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hanimal60 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
another cracking piece of artwork
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